Meet the Mayor

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Mayor Larry Thompson and his wife Kanani moved to Garden Ridge in 2007 to settle down and raise a family.  They immediately fell in love with the community and began getting involved and contributing.  Larry proudly served our nation in the USAF for 25 years flying fighter aircraft in worldwide assignments and in combat missions in multiple conflicts.  He served thousands of airmen as their commander and leader at multiple levels.  After retiring from the Air Force, Larry has continued his service through volunteering in the Garden Ridge community.  He actively serves on four non-profit boards supporting law enforcement, crime prevention, local services and charity, and children’s support and advocacy.  He is a NRA Training Counselor/Instructor and has been the Refuse to Be A Victim volunteer instructor to over 300 members of our community over the past four years.  Larry graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and he holds two Master's degrees.  He is extremely proud to be working with a dedicated team of enthusiastic City staff and volunteers.  Larry believes volunteers are the glue that binds a community together and hopes to inspire others to serve the community.

Terms of Office

  • May 2015 - May 2016 Appointed as Councilmember, Place 5
  • May 2016 - May 2018 Elected as Councilmember, Place 5 (served in this position until May 2017)
  • May 2017 - May 2019 Elected as Mayor
  • May 2019 - May 2021 Elected as Mayor