Alanis worked his way through the ranks to become Commissioner

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Oswald Alanis has spent the last 12 years as a hands-on county commissioner for Precinct 3, he said.

Whether it was managing the budget, maintaining county equipment or conducting road work, Alanis knows the intimate details of every action that takes place in Precinct 3 because he's worked those roads himself.

Alanis said his experience comes from doing the work, and that he never asks his crews to do something he isn't prepared to take on himself. He rose through the ranks like they did, serving in the capacity of crew foreman before becoming commissioner.

"I know the roads, I know the people, and I know their needs," Alanis said. "I know how to deal with budgets without putting pressure on the taxpayers."

Along with the duties Alanis has taken on as commissioner, he has also branched out to assist the county as both an emergency coordinator and in vector control, which manages environmental hazards and mosquito control.

He said over the years he's acquired a lot of training, at both the state and federal level, to ensure that in the event of an emergency he and the other county officials will be prepared to lead the residents of Jim Wells County through troubling times.

"I know heavy equipment operations. I don't have to tell the men how, I'm capable of doing it," Alanis said. "I believe experience counts a lot."

Alanis said he is proud of his wife and children, and also proud of the fact that he was raised in the area. He said his history with the people of Orange Grove and Sandia has developed over a lifetime and has gone a long way towards his ability to successfully serve the people of Precinct 3 for many years.

Alanis said the area is growing, more than any other part of Jim Wells County. Because of the attraction of the area and the quality of education in Orange Grove ISD, he said the added influx of citizens to that part of the county has placed greater wear and tear on the infrastructure.

"I don't really see it as a problem. There are things we need to fix. OGISD brings a lot of people to our area, and a gain to the community creates more wear and tear on our roads. My goal is to stay within budget and handle the situation the best we can," Alanis said.

Alanis said in the last year, he has spent more than $100,000 on the roads in his precinct, and he expects to spend that much or more this year.