Veteran Donald Scee dives into local community service

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Donald Scee attends a meeting of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. June 13 – his first meeting as a board member, following his June 9 appointment by Floresville City Council. GREGORY RIPPS/Wilson County News

“I’m retired from two government positions that pay me in retirement, so I feel I still owe the citizens something.”

With that in mind, Donald Scee – who served in the U.S. military and in U.S. Customs and Border Protection – decided to serve his local community.

Scee moved to Floresville in 2018 after retiring from her last full-time job. The former military police officer first earned his peace officer certification and worked for the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office for a year and a half. He then began serving Karnes County as a Veterans Services Officer – a position he still holds.

Most recently, Wilson County Commissioners named Scee to the Board of Directors for Emergency Services District (ESD) 5 and the Floresville Council named him to the board of Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC).

“I started attending meetings before I was appointed,” he said. “I have also read the entire Open Meetings Act. I’m an all-in-one guy.

ESD 5, which provides fire and rescue services in central and western Wilson County, is a good fit for a man who was a volunteer firefighter and then an emergency technician before joining the military.

“I have the experience,” he says. “I know the equipment and the terminology.”

As for the FEDC, dedicated to enhancing the city’s business interests, Scee said he brings some diversity to the board.

“You don’t have to be a business expert to solve problems,” he said. “I see myself as a problem solver, someone people come to to fix things.”

While working for US Customs and Border Protection, he was assigned to a Border Patrol post that had a high rate of vehicles “down” for maintenance.

With only two mechanics assigned, he pioneered a system to ensure the correct spare parts were available before dismantling a vehicle. It also sent vehicles to local vendors for simple, routine maintenance, such as oil changes.

“In three months, everything was fine,” he said. “Their readiness level has gone from 50% to 90%.”

As ESD 5 and FEDC develop their budgets for the 2022-23 fiscal year, Scee said her experience working with budgets for government organizations can come in handy.

He would like to see ESD 5 improve its stations in Floresville and Cañada Verde, goals already established by members of the District Board of Directors.

“There are hurdles to overcome,” he said. “But the finances are well established.”

The FEDC should better define the roles of its executive director and members of its board of directors, according to the Scee.

“I like to have clear advice,” he said, again drawing on his military background. “There has to be a balance between micromanagement and lack of direction.”

There’s at least one other asset Scee brings to his community service.

“I want to thank my wife, Angela, for following me around the world and being my biggest support,” he said. “She’s still here with me.”

The Scees have two adult daughters: Megan Anderson, a Floresville Independent School District police officer, who has one daughter; and Brittany Rodriguez, an immigration and customs attorney in El Paso, who has two sons.

Megan, like her father, was also recently appointed to a board of directors – the Floresville 4A Corp Board of Directors.

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Jill E. Washington