When County Judge Peter Sakai took office on Jan. 1, it marked the first change of executive leadership for Bexar County in more than two decades.

As he begins his new role after more than 25 years in the judiciary, Sakai will share his vision for the first 100 days of his administration Thursday morning in an event hosted by the San Antonio Report and KLRN TV. 

The 9 a.m. discussion also will be livestreamed. Register here before 8:30 a.m. Thursday to view the livestream.

Sakai will talk with San Antonio Report Editor-in-Chief Leigh Munsil about his priorities for Bexar County before a small live audience at KLRN’s studios.

“Judge Peter Sakai is well-known in this community for his work in the Bexar County DA’s office, in private law practice and as a Children’s Court judge,” Munsil said. “We know that he’s comfortable holding a gavel, but leading the Commissioners Court is a whole new landscape, overseeing a growing county of more than 2 million residents and a government with a $2.9 billion budget.”

As county judge, Sakai leads a Commissioners Court that for years saw little turnover. Now its longest-serving member is Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, who was elected in 2014.

“The first 100 days of any politician’s term in office is a crucial period, giving the first real sense of how they will govern, what they’re prioritizing and how quickly they start making progress on their stated campaign promises,” Munsil added. “I can’t wait to sit down with Judge Sakai and explore how his past experience has shaped his priorities now — and how he envisions leading Bexar County into the future.”

The other three members of the court have served four years or fewer, and Precinct 3 Commissioner Grant Moody was elected in November to serve out the remaining term of former Commissioner Trish DeBerry, who stepped down in order to run for county judge.

“Civility and respect will be the hallmark of this court,” Sakai said during his first Commissioners Court meeting. “We will pay close attention to what our constituents have to say, respect their opinion, even if we might disagree.”

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San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.