Mayor Jim Yarbrough

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  • Elected to City Council in 2014
  • Term Expires in May 2020


BBA, University of Texas, 1977, with majors in Finance, Accounting and Real Estate.

James D. Yarbrough served as the Galveston County Judge from January 1, 1995 until December 31, 2010. He was elected Mayor of the City of Galveston in May 2014 and will serve a two year term. He is a native of Galveston and graduate of Ball High School.

Jim attended the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship and captained the Longhorn Southwest Conference football championship team. He was also named to the All-Southwest Conference football team and the first player in the NCAA to play as a graduate student.

Jim is married to the former Carol Urbani and they have two children: daughter Ashley, her husband Dustin Dusek, and a son Beau, a graduate of the University of Texas, and his wife Erin, and they are the proud grandparents of Luke and Blake Dusek.

Recipient of:

  • Galveston County Daily New Citizen of the Year
  • Boy Scouts of America- Bay Area council distinguished Citizen
  • College of the Mainland Outstanding Services to Education Award
  • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s QUASAR Award
  • Communities In Schools Starlight Award
  • State Friend of Extension Services
  • Prevent Blindness – Person of Vision
  • Charles A. Jacobson Award – Bay Area Transportation Partnership

Jim D. Yarbrough, Mayor