Heines, is a Tyler native, a small business owner and property manager/investor. He earned a BBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and the MAI Appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute in 2000. Heines has served two terms as Tyler City Councilman for District 4 before becoming Mayor in 2014.
His involvement in the community has been diverse; serving the City of Tyler as a volunteer on several committees including Chair of the City of Tyler International Existing Building Code Committee, on the Steering Committee for Tyler 1st, as a member of the Mayor’s Tyler Leadership Roundtable as well as a member of the Midtown Area Development Committee. Heines is a board member of the TJC Foundation and has served on the Advisory Committee of the University of Texas at Tyler’s Small Business Institute Program. In the past, Heines has served as President of Heart of Tyler/Main Street, and as a Board Member of the Literacy Council, Historic Tyler and Tyler Board of Realtors. A graduate of Leadership Tyler Class XV, he also chaired the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of the Chamber’s Vision 2000 and Vision 2010 Committees.
“As a City we have faced a number of issues during a tough economy and I feel that we are in a great position to continue the momentum with pay-as-you-go plan and our overall business approach to City Government. One of the most important issues to citizens throughout the City has been street repair and we have developed the Pavement Enhancement Plan which will annually overlay 30 lane miles of city streets for the next six years. In addition, as we continue to grow as a community, it is important to use our pay-as you-go funds to enhance traffic flow
in growth areas. We are moving forward with plans in 2014 to extend West Cumberland Road from Broadway to Old Jacksonville Road –all to be paid in cash. I look forward to the opportunity to represent citizens throughout our entire community and to continue working on projects that will enhance our city as we look to the future.”
Heines and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of a son and daughter and attend the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
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