The following is a press release from Brewster County:
Following nearly three hours of deliberation, the Brewster County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Friday to appoint Kathy Killingsworth to fill the unexpired term of County Judge Val Beard, effective Jan. 2, 2014.
Killingsworth served as the Precinct 2 Commissioner in Brewster County until late last month, when she announced her resignation and intent to run for County Judge next year.
She was originally appointed as a Commissioner following the death of Red Pattillo, and has been elected twice since.
She attended Angelo State University and Texas Tech, and received a bachelor of science degree in Home Economics, and later, a master’s degree in Education from Sul Ross.
Killingsworth moved with her family to the Big Bend area in 1984, and she began teaching at Terlingua Elementary School in 1987. She taught ESL, history and Language Arts.
In 1992, she became the principal and business manager for the Terlingua Consolidated School. District. In 1996, she was named superintendent, and spear-headed the effort to build Terlingua High School. At the time, high school students were being bussed to Alpine for classes. The route received wide attention as the nation’s longest bus ride – two hours each way.
Killingsworth, with other like-minded South Brewster County citizens – formed the Big Bend Education Corporation as the vehicle to make a national push for grant funding for the high school building. In 1996, students were able to stay put with the use of portable buildings, and the permanent school was officially dedicated on Aug. 2, 1997. A library was built in 2002.
It was during the building of the high school that Killingsworth became interested in County government at the urging of Commissioner Red Pattillo. With Pattillo’s leadership, Commissioners Court voted to allow the Road & Bridge Department to help with the new high school’s foundation, sidewalks and parking lot pavement.
She worked with Commissioners Court again in 2003 when she headed up the formation of Emergency Services District #1 in South County, which provides funding for emergency services.
Recently, Killingsworth assisted with a 911 addressing project where more than 600 South County roads required names so that emergency responders could locate callers. In 2010, she lead a county-appointed U.S. Census committee, and oversaw the building of a helipad next to the Red Pattillo Community Center.