Citizen of the Year


Jerry Washam selected 2017 Citizen of the Year

Affectionately known as the “Mayor of Snider Plaza,” Jerry Washam has been selected University Park’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.   

President of the Ralph Porter Company, Jerry oversees the leasing and management of a substantial portion of properties in Snider Plaza, the City’s picturesque town square that Jerry’s grandfather began developing in 1927.  Jerry’s involvement in the company started in the early 1970s before he graduated with a business degree from SMU.

Jerry says when Mayor Olin Lane Jr. called him with the news, he responded, “You must be joking, there are so many people in this community who have done so much more than me.”  That said, Jerry was quick to tell the Mayor he was “pleased and proud” to receive the honor.                    

Those who nominated Jerry were quick to point out his years of service to the community.  A member of the Park Cities Rotary Club for more than 40 years, in addition to being a past president, he has worked on numerous club committees, including the one that is responsible for hosting the Park Cities July 4 Parade and Picnic.  Working closely with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Snider Plaza merchants, Jerry also has been instrumental in the growth in size and popularity of the City’s Snider Plaza Tree Lighting event that highlights the start of the holiday season.   

Born in Dallas, Jerry is a longtime resident of University Park, having lived in his current home on Stanford for 39 years.  In addition to his wife Mary, he has two children, J.J. and Katie, and one grandson, Evan.    

After riding in the 2017 July 4 Parade, Jerry will be presented with a plaque and a special Citizen of the Year gift during a brief ceremony at the Goar Park Gazebo.  

The 2018 Citizen of the Year nomination process will get underway next April.  An online application will be posted at that point. The Citizen of the Year award was created by the City Council in 2005 to boost public awareness and appreciation for the many residents who work, often behind the scenes, to better the City's quality of life.  Nominees for Citizen of the Year must:

  • Be a University Park resident;
  • Have worked to improve the quality of life in University Park.
Current and former Mayors and Councilmembers are not eligible for this award.  If you have questions about the nomination process, please call Steve Mace at 214-987-5301 or email him at:  

Past Citizen of the Year Recipients:

2016 - Eddy Moore
2015 - Byron Egan
2014 - Youth Advisory Commission
2013 - Bill Skelton
2012 - Connie O'Neill
2011 - Jim and Judy Gibbs
2010 - Max Fuqua
2009 - Nancy Egan
2008 - Chris Murzin
2007 - Bill Pardoe
2006 - Diane Galloway
2005 - Elizabeth Farley