Surrounded by his family at the Bexar County Courthouse Wednesday morning, Grant Moody lifted his right hand and was sworn in by County Court 11 Judge Tommy Stolhandske as Bexar County’s Precinct 3 county commissioner. The precinct covers a large swath of the North Side of San Antonio and the incorporated city of Alamo Heights.

The 42-year-old comes with a résumé that includes military service, corporate experience and a few high-profile political connections. After his Election Day win against Democrat Susan Korbel, Moody will serve out the unexpired term of Trish DeBerry, who was elected in 2020 but resigned in late 2021 to run for Bexar County judge. DeBerry lost the county judge race Nov. 8 to Peter Sakai, who will take his position at the head of the Commissioners Court in January.

“I’m excited to get started,” Moody told reporters immediately after he was sworn in on Wednesday. “I’m excited to do the work in Commissioners Court here. I think there are things that that I can bring from my background, my experience, [that] can hopefully help solve some of the problems we have here in Bexar County.”

Moody was sworn in Wednesday rather than on Jan. 1, as is typical for new commissioners, due to the fact he was relieving Marialyn Barnard from her position as an appointed commissioner, the county’s public information officer Monica Ramos explained Wednesday. State law allows an elected commissioner to be sworn in immediately when replacing a temporary or appointed commissioner, Ramos said.

Moody said he plans to prioritize public safety, transportation and reducing property taxes in the role. He told reporters that one of the first items he wants to focus on is securing the Bexar County jail.

Newly elected Precinct 3 County Commissioner Grant Moody speaks to reporters after being sworn in at the Bexar County Courthouse Wednesday. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

“I know that this has been an issue that we’ve been working on for quite some time,” Moody said. “[I’m also] looking at, ‘How do we continue to get ahead of the growth in our community when it comes to officers being on patrol and making sure that, as we continue to grow as a county, … we have the presence of law enforcement out there to keep our community safe?'”

Outgoing Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he thinks Moody is a “smart guy,” and that he will “bring some good conservative principles to the court.” Wolff added that Moody’s background as a military veteran is a strength because it brings a different perspective to the county.

Before entering politics, Moody spent three years as a director of innovation and low carbon fuels at Valero Energy and five years in various executive and leadership roles at USAA.

He previously served 10 years on active duty as a Marine Corps F-18 pilot, with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and he continues to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Since leaving active duty, Moody founded and chaired the Support and Defend Political Action Committee, and briefly served on the congressional staff of former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), who later became director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and then secretary of state, during the Trump administration. In 2017, Moody was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Veterans Land Board, and in 2021, he was reappointed for another term.

Moody also served on the board of directors for Soldiers’ Angels — a national nonprofit focused on “providing aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families,” and now sits on their advisory council.

Moody is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics. He also holds a master’s degree in statistics from Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.

Kaitlyn Moody, 9 sits in her father’s new seat on the Commissioners Court dais Wednesday. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

Moody’s wife Stephanie said she was excited to see her husband get sworn in Wednesday. Beside her were the couple’s three kids: Paige, 12; Kaitlyn, 9; and Kyle, 6.

“He’s always been a leader,” she said. “He’s super motivated, and he loves to take charge and solve problems.”

Moody’s first Commissioners Court meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.