Lufkin City Council
Top Row Left to Right:
Rocky Thigpen - Ward 5
Robert Shankle - Ward 2
Lynn Torres - Former Ward 3
Guessippina Bonner - Ward 1
Wes Suiter - Ward 4
Trent Burfine - Ward 6
Bottom Row Left to Right:
Jason Arnold - Former Asst. City Manager
Bruce Green - Former City Manager
Mark Hicks - Mayor
Gerald Williamson - Asst. City Manager
Kara Andrepont - City Secretary
Kevin Gee - Interim City Manager
Map of Council Wards.
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Mayor Mark Hicks
Mark Hicks was sworn in on May 15th, 2021, as the new Mayor for the City of Lufkin.
Mr. Hicks is a fifth generation Lufkinite with deep ties to Lufkin and Angelina County. He is a graduate of Lufkin High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. He and his wife Callie have 3 daughters, Caroline, Macy and Aniston.
Mr. Hicks is a real-estate developer with a focus on revitalizing many of the historic buildings in Downtown Lufkin.
Mr. Hicks was the 2011 recipient of the Golden Anvil award for his work revitalizing Downtown Lufkin. He currently serves on the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, The Women’s Shelter of East Texas board of directors, Lufkin’s Economic Development Partnership, Past Chairman Angelina County United Way and is a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church.
Councilmember Ward 1
Guessippina Bonner was elected as Councilmember for Ward No. 1 in May 2016.
She was born and raised in Fairfield, Texas. After high school, she attend Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Science.
After teaching in both Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, she obtained her Masters of Science in Counseling and Psychology. After returning to Texas, she earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from the University of Houston- College, Park followed by her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts. She is currently admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, the Eastern District Federal Court in Texas and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Bonner currently serves as the president of the local NAACP chapter and is very active in the community. She is service oriented and enjoys helping children achieve their goals through community activities.
Councilmember Ward 2
Councilman Robert Shankle was elected to Lufkin City Council as Councilmember of Ward 2 on May 9, 2009. Councilman Shankle is a lifelong resident of Lufkin Texas. He received his education in the Lufkin Independent School and graduated from Lufkin High School in the Class of 1985. Also, a Leadership Lufkin Graduate of 2012.
A Desert Storm disabled veteran, Councilman Shankle served in the United States Army, National Guard, and US Army Reserve for a total of 14 years. He founded several committees for the benefit of the community including The Lufkin Pro Day Group, The Neighborhood Leadership Council of North Lufkin, and Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA). Councilman Shankle is a member of Texas Association of Black City Council Members and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Councilman Shankle is a proud member of The Church by Christ Jesus where he is very active. His favorite quote is “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Councilmember Ward 3
Mr. Watkins moved to Lufkin in 2001, where he began working as an attorney for the Zeleskey Law Firm. He is currently a member of the law firm of Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells, PLLC. Mr. Watkins has always enjoyed being involved in Lufkin, and has served on various boards and committees. He currently serves as a board member for Crime Stoppers, Harold’s House, and the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.
He is a graduate of Texas A&M, College Station and South Texas College of Law.
Mr. Watkins and his wife, Tara, are members of the First Baptist Church of Lufkin, and they have one daughter.
Councilmember Ward 4
Wes Suiter was elected as Ward No. 4 Councilman in June 2021.
Wes began his career in public service in 1980 with the Diboll Police Department.
In 1989, he became the Chief of Police for the City of Cibolo,Texas (a suburb of San Antonio), later being named the Director of Public Safety for Police, Fire, and EMS. During his tenure with the City of Cibolo he twice served as Interim City Administrator before returning home to Lufkin.
In 2006, Wes was elected to the office of County Judge for Angelina County where he served his community for twelve years.
Wes has been married to his wife, Dr. Cheryl Suiter, for 38 years and together they have an amazing son, Trace.
Councilmember Ward 5
Rocky Thigpen was elected to City Council in May 2014. Mr. Thigpen is currently employed at Overseas Hardwoods Company as Vice President of the Texas Division. Mr. Thigpen previously served as commissioner on the City of Lufkin’s Planning and Zoning Board and is a former President of the Board of Crime Stoppers of Lufkin. Mr. Thigpen has served on the Mosaic Board and the Airport Advisory Board. Mr. Thigpen is a past member of the State Bar of Texas District 2B Grievance Committee.
He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a B.S. degree in Applied Arts and Sciences.
He is married to Terri (Little) Thigpen and has four sons, Ryan, Alan, Austin and Blake, and has three grandsons and two granddaughters. He and his wife are members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church.
Councilmember Ward 6
Trent Burfine was elected to the City Council for Ward 6 in November 2020.
Trent is a retired police officer having served with the Lufkin Police Department for 20 years before retiring in 2014.
He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Trent, his wife Tami, and his three children are members of Kelty’s First Baptist Church.