Jerry Hulcy, local businessman, has filed to run as a Republican in the upcoming election for Nolan County Commissioner Precinct 1. Jerry and his was Sara own the Dairy Queen in Sweetwater. Jerry has 39 years of business experience. Jerry has lived in Nolan County for 34 years. Jerry and Sara have three children; Renee Carey and husband Clay in Sweetwater, Craig and wife Laurie in La Porte, Texas and Chad and his wife Jennifer in Abilene, Texas. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jerry attends Lamar Street Baptist Church.
Jerry grew up in Lockney, Texas. He graduated from Amarillo College in 1973 with a business degree in Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Management. Jerry's business management experience includes management positions at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Greyhound Foods, and XIT Steakhouse in Muleshoe, Texas and 23 years with Chapman Foods. He has spent the last 16 years as an independent business owner.
Jerry and Sara moved to Nolan County in 1974 when Jerry accepted a job with Chapman Foods as a manager trainee for the Sweetwater Dairy Queen. Jerry advanced quickly from manager trainee to Manager, District Supervisor for the Panhandle, West Texas Area Supervisor, and finally Vice President of Operations/East Texas. This promotion in 1990 took the family to Keller, Texas where they moved their three teenage children. In this position, Jerry directed 30 Dairy Queens and supervised six district managers. In addition to hiring personnel, meeting budgets, purchasing and controlling inventory, Jerry oversaw all new construction, additions, remodels and closures. Jerry loved his job and the amenities it provided, but the family missed West Texas, small schools, and quality of life. After two and a half years, Jerry made the decision to return "home" to Nolan County; it was a decision he has never regretted.
In 1996, Jerry and Sara purchased the Roscoe Dairy Queen which they operated for 11 years; in 2002 they bought the Sweetwater Dairy Queen. Now semi-retired from the business, Jerry has become one of the "regular coffee drinkers" himself. Jerry remains active in supporting the youth and schools in the community. He continues to promote and oversee the business, loves his customers and enjoys visiting with travelers who have been stopping in the store for over 30 years. Jerry has never met a stranger.
"Nolan County has been good to me and my family. We have a successful business and many friends here. There are many major financial expenditures facing Nolan County in the coming years, including the construction of the new jail and the needed repairs to the courthouse," said Hulcy. "Strong fiscal management is critical during these tough economic times. I believe my 39 years of business experience and proven leadership make me the right choice for the taxpayers of Nolan County. I have worked people, with people, and for people all my life. As your Commissioner, I intend to work for you. I will always be available to listen to your concerns. I would appreciate your support and vote for Nolan County Commissioner Precinct 1."