John Dillard, former mayor and city council member in The Colony, was recently elected chairman of the Denton County Republican Party.
Former chairwoman Lisa Hendrickson resigned about three weeks ago, citing health reasons in her letter to fellow GOP members. Dillard will serve the remainder of the two-year term until the 2018 primary election cycle is complete.
According to a news release from the party, Dillard served as a city council member in The Colony from 1992 to 2002 and mayor from 2003 to 2009.
Dillard has been active with Republican clubs in Denton County for years, the release said.
He served as a presidential elector for Congressional District 26 in 2016, and he's been a delegate to the Republican state conventions since 1990.
According to the release, he spent 25 years with the U.S. Army National Guard and the Texas Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army Armor School.