First elected in November 2006, Valerie Covey represents Precinct Three on the Williamson County Commissioner's Court. Commissioner Covey has established herself as a leader in the county who has the courage to stand up for her conservative beliefs and family values.
Commissioner Covey serves the county by participating on various boards and committees, including: the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, the Williamson County Mental Health Task Force, the Williamson County Audit Committee, the Williamson County Investment Committee, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Board and the CAPCOG General Assembly. She is also the president of the National Habitat Conservation Foundation Coalition. In February 2020, Covey was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
Commissioner Covey has taken a keen interest in mental health issues throughout the county and the state. She has worked alongside the County's mental health professionals, law enforcement, judicial branch of the county and our local mental health authority to garner state recognition for Williamson County's jail diversion programs. These programs include funding the San Gabriel Crisis Respite Center, the Law Enforcement Crisis Drop Off Center, and a specialized youth wing at Rock Springs hospital. Each program aims to keep non-violent offenders out of the county jail by providing appropriate care and saving countless taxpayer dollars.
For Commissioner Covey, integrity and conservative values goes far beyond the Commissioner's Courtroom; it extends into every facet of her life. In each budget year since 2015, Commissioner Covey led the charge to reduce voter approved debt early saving taxpayers millions in interest.
Under Commissioner Covey's leadership, residents have seen the openings of the Great Oaks Drive Bridge at Brushy Creek, Southwest Bypass and Bypass extension, Williams Drive expansion, Ronald Reagan Boulevard, SH 195 expansion, IH-35 northbound frontage road. Residents have also seen safety improvements at Wyoming Springs and Smyers Lane, Ronald Reagan at Silver Spur and Sun City Boulevards, SE Inner Loop at Wilco Way and at Central Maintenance, and intersection improvements at DB Wood and SH 29. Other transportation projects underway include Corridor H/Sam Bass, SH 195 at Ronald Reagan Blvd., CR 255, CR 245, Westinghouse Road. Commissioner Covey understands that growth is inevitable, and that responsible growth and planning is invaluable to the continued success of Williamson County.
Commissioner Covey is an active member of the Williamson County Republican Party, Georgetown Area Republican Women, The Republican Club of Sunday City, Williamson County Republican Women, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and First Baptist Church of Georgetown.
She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in accounting and for more than 35 years has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Valerie and her husband of 38 years, Mark Covey, have lived in Georgetown since 1994, and are blessed with three sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.