Carol Ann Ellinger, the valedictorian of the 1987 Uvalde High School graduating class, was voted “most likely to succeed” by her peers. She knew that college was the first step, and that she was capable of whatever she set her sights on achieving.
What she didn’t know at the time was where she would be 30 years later. Now Carol Ellinger Haddock, she was recently promoted to director of public works for the City of Houston. This is a department with over 3,900 trained employees and an annual budget of $2.1 billion in one of the nation’s largest cities
Haddock, the daughter of Linda and Russel Ellinger of Uvalde, is Houston’s first female public works director. She didn’t get there overnight.
She served a two-week stint as acting director in early 2017 and the mayor called upon her again in July when the position was abruptly vacated. After getting to know her and her working style over the last six months, and getting positive feedback from the city council, Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed her permanently.
Haddock was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, UHS Who’s Who, President of the Junior Classical League, V-P of the Coyote Marching Band and involved in UIL literary events during her high school career.
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