District 2 Council Member, Anita Goebel, was sworn in July 3, 2012, for her first term on the Garland City Council. Council Member Goebel was born in Grand Saline, Texas, and she is the seventh of 11 siblings. Employment with Texas Instruments brought Council Member Goebel to Garland in 1966. After retirement, she began her own photography business.
Prior to her election, Council Member Goebel participated in the process for redrawing the boundaries of District 2. She was on the Neighborhood Police Officer Board and the Housing Standards Board. Goebel also has earned the Texas Open Meetings Act Certificate, and is a graduate of the Garland Citizen Police Academy, Garland Citizens on Patrol, Garland Fire Citizen Academy, as well as the Garland Neighborhood Management Academy. She has served as a volunteer for the City’s Neighborhood Summit and was president and founder of the Chandler Heights Neighborhood Association. Goebel received the Mayors Good Neighbor award and was an honoree for Black History Month.
Council Member Goebel wants to enrich and maintain a good quality of life for everyone in her district. She also wants to work with City staff to secure services for District 2 residents including: police and code enforcement, street and sidewalk maintenance, transparency in government, economic development, neighborhood vitality and the stabilization of rental properties, as well as continuing the development of Garland’s historic downtown square.
“I got involved because I believe that every neighborhood has a right to be clean and safe, and to get residents involved in their own neighborhood,” said Council Member Goebel. “I believe that residents have the right to have a great life, and as a leader I can share what I know to get them where they need to be in the neighborhood.” Council Member Goebel’s hobbies include photography, gardening, cooking and walking.