Cecil Willis, Jr. is a native Texan born in Comfort, Texas. Cecil grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. degree in Horticulture in 1966. After graduating from Texas A & M University, Cecil went to work for the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department for almost 6 years. He worked in the private sector in the landscape/maintenance field for 1 ½ years and then went to work for the Quail Valley Homeowners Association as its Executive Director where he stayed for 39 years until his retirement.
Cecil Willis is very active in the community, as well as governmental agencies. He has served as a Director on the Fort Bend County Fair Association Board since 1988 and was President of the Association in 1995. Mr. Willis served as a Director and president of Texas Association of Fairs and Events and has been with the Stafford-Missouri City Lions Club as an active member for 40 years.
Cecil enjoys being with his family, working in the yard, working with livestock and helping young people with their FFA and 4-H projects. His real love is Texas A & M football and any other Texas A & M function or athletic event.
Cecil was elected to the Fort Bend WC&ID #2 Board in 1976 and served until 1979 when he was elected to the Stafford City Council and served until 1995. He left the Stafford City Council for a brief time to pursue other aspirations and was re-elected to the Stafford City Council in 2000 and served as a councilman for the City of Stafford until November of 2020. Cecil was elected to the position of Mayor December 12, 2020.
Cecil has served both as a representative and alternate to the HGAC Board through the years. He continues to serve as an alternate to represent our Home Rule Cities’ interest. Cecil currently serves as Vice-chairman and an active member of the Fort Bend County Mayor/Council Association. Cecil is also actively involved as chairperson and member for several city committees such as the Parks Committee, Technology Committee, Legislative Committee and the Stafford Centre Committee.
Cecil was an integral part of the creation of SMSD, the 90A Mobility Project as well as the Stafford Civic Center, Stafford Pool and the Stafford Centre.