Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Sabreena HakemyEmail: sabreena@sabreenaforsouthlake.com
Kathy TalleyWebsite: KathyTalleySouthlake.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TeamTalleySouthlake
Instagram: #teamtalleysouthlake
Email: TeamTalleySouthlake@gmail.com
Phone: 817-829-6472

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
I have the leadership, experience, integrity, and commitment required to serve the people of Southlake. For over 20 years, I have worked in and for our city, school district, and local community organizations, putting their needs at the forefront of my endeavors. Highlights of my service include: over 5 years with the Carroll Education Foundation(CEF) including serving as Board Chair; my current position as Chair of Art in the Square, the Southlake Women’s Club’s annual art festival that year-over-year brings Southlake to national prominence; my current position on the board of Metroport Meals on Wheels; and previous positions held in Southlake Women’s Club, National Charity League, and other organizations. I understand first-hand the interconnectivity of our city and school district and how important it is that they continue to have a strong working relationship with one another. Finally, I have witnessed and been a part of so many philanthropic endeavors in our community. We are truly a city that strives to give back to others. I feel that these experiences, my time in leadership roles, and the personal and professional relationships I’ve formed put me in the best position to serve all of our residents.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
My first priority will be to focus on the recovery of our local businesses. Throughout the pandemic, I have done what I can to support our businesses by shopping and dining locally as much as possible over the past several months. In addition, I will support our city’s initiatives to help our businesses stay strong and manage through these difficult times. "Select Southlake" is an in-depth resource that gives businesses up-to-date information regarding local and state news concerning re-opening. My next priority will be to work with our current council to develop more cost-saving partnerships with our neighbor cities. To date, Southlake has partnered with courts, road projects, animal control, jail, and 911. These partnerships with our neighboring cities have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Finally, sales tax and hotel revenues are down, so paying for new projects is not fiscally responsible at this time. Instead, I will work with staff to streamline current processes wherever possible to cut costs. It is vital to keep our city moving forward through and beyond these difficult times.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
Southlake has for many years been operating in a fiscally conservative way. So, when the significant challenges of COVID-19 presented themselves, our city was ready. As a result, the budget was just passed with a tax rate cut for the third year in a row and includes the maximum homestead exemption allowed by the state at 20%. Our city works hard to be as efficient as possible in all areas of government. I believe they strive to be excellent stewards of our tax dollars and do so by being cost-effective relative to the management and delivery of city services. For our residents, it is important to continue to communicate with them as much as possible. We are ever aware of how isolated people can become during these difficult times. But as we continue to safely open businesses and restaurants, the safety of our residents remains at the forefront. If elected, I will continue to ensure that our city is following the safety measures and protocols set forth by our county, state, and federal partners. These measures are critically important to ensure the health and safety of our residents and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
Our city's 2035 Master Plan makes sense. I believe it is important not to lose sight of this or stray from its course. Going forward, development emphasis will continue to be on the 114 corridor and on maintaining a mindful approach to low and medium density housing development projects. Southlake has been a leader in long-term land planning. We have grown strategically while maintaining a balance in our residential and commercial developments. Our Master Plan also includes maintenance and care of current park spaces, along with plans for future parks as more areas are developed. Care of Southlake's open spaces is important to our residents and is also something that has mattered to me since I moved here over 24 years ago.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
I believe that our city government should play a supportive role in our local businesses. During these difficult times of COVID-19 and shutdowns, they have really needed a hand in order to survive. As we reopen, Southlake is implementing measures to continue to support and promote our businesses to help them through and beyond these difficult times. One such program is Southlake Safe. We ask business owners to sign our Southlake Safe Pledge, which is a voluntary agreement that demonstrates their commitment to protecting our community. Every business that signs the pledge receives a Southlake Safe Pledge Kit with PPE essentials and a decal to display on their storefront. Businesses that commit to the pledge are promoted by the city. In turn, our residents know that they can feel safe in utilizing these businesses.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
Overall, crime in our city remains extremely low across all of the statistical data. This year of COVID-19 has seen a further reduction in crime. I support all of the initiatives of our police department to continue to keep our residents, their homes, and our businesses safe. Southlake’s police department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety for our residents and businesses. Southlake PD has achieved and maintained the highest level of accreditation through the CALEA. They are committed to excellence. I think it is important to keep funding for our police department at its current level. The residents of our city want a safe place to live, work, and play. Further, Southlake PD is on the cutting-edge when it comes to training and protocols for interactions with citizens. We also prioritize our School Resource Officer (SRO) program. There is an SRO in every school campus in our district and this is paid for by the city rather than the district. The safety of our students and teachers is paramount.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Sabreena Hakemy
Kathy Talley
My vision for Southlake is one that combines its unique historical background with the richness of diversity of our residents and businesses. I want to keep Southlake the special place that drew me and my family here over 24 years ago. I am looking forward to meeting as many of our residents as possible during this campaign and listening to their ideas and concerns. I am available at any time and please visit me on my social media channels. I humbly ask for your vote.