Gayla Hawkins may be a new resident to Grayson County, but she said she feels that her background in county government led her to the current position as a deputy treasurer for Grayson County and to her decision to make this her permanent residence. She would like to continue her public service career as the new Grayson County treasurer.

Gayla Hawkins may be a new resident to Grayson County, but she said she feels that her background in county government led her to the current position as a deputy treasurer for Grayson County and to her decision to make this her permanent residence. She would like to continue her public service career as the new Grayson County treasurer.


As a former, 42-year resident of San Saba County, Gayla was elected to the Office of County Treasurer there in 1995 and would continue to serve in that capacity for 18 years. She graduated valedictorian of Central Texas Commercial College of Brownwood, Texas in 1987, with an executive secretarial degree. She then went on to work in banking for four years, and another two years with State Farm Insurance before deciding to run for office.


During her five terms in San Saba County, she worked to complete the conversion process of manual ledgers to a governmental fund accounting software system which allowed for a greater streamlining of funds retrieval and disbursement. In a prepared statement, Hawkins said this created a highly improved system of budgetary analysis, reporting and oversight of those county funds. Hawkins said through those advancements, she was able to aid San Saba County in becoming totally debt free and to build a sizable reserve for future projects, purchases and emergencies. As the treasurer of a smaller county with a population of 6,100 without an appointed county auditor, Hawkins was responsible for all duties involving HR functions, payroll and accounts payable auditing and processing and budgetary oversight for all elected officials and departments.


She served as Region VI Secretary/Treasurer for eight years and one year on the County Treasurers Association of Texas’ Scholarship Committee. In 2006, Hawkins was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Review Committee, of which she served for three two year terms.


"As a former elected official, I understand the intricacies and importance of working to protect and defend taxpayers’ money," Hawkins said. "I recognize the challenges counties will continue to face throughout periods of growth and economic volatility. It is also vitally important to be able to build commitment among all government leaders to manage and achieve a positive vision for the citizens of Grayson County. I believe that as a former County Treasurer of 18 years, I have the experience and knowledge of the duties of the office. This experience, the mandated continuing education associated with it, and utilization of a large network of contacts and resources will enable me to work closely with other leaders, the employees, and the citizens of Grayson County."


Hawkins has been a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of San Saba, and hopes to find a new membership with that same affiliation here in Grayson County. She was active in many youth oriented activities such as teaching Sunday school, coaching youth baseball, Little Dribblers basketball and has assisted with various local fundraisers for groups or organizations. She was a Band Booster member for four years, one of which she served as Vice-President. Hawkins also looks forward to becoming involved in some of the many groups and organizations that Grayson County has to offer.


Hawkins has one son, Tanner, her life’s greatest blessing! Tanner is currently a student at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas, studying and working to earn his associates degree in Aircraft Pilot Training.