The decision to name the planned new law enforcement complex in Port Aransas after the late Mayor Charles Bujan was a fitting one, his widow said.
He was a staunch supporter of local law enforcement, repeatedly backing proposals for additional funding for the Port Aransas Police Department.
“ He loved his (officers),”Sherri Bujan said. “They were his kids, and he was the dad, and he looked after them as much as he could.”
The Port Aransas City Council voted 5-0 on Thursday, March 17, to name the city’s public safety building after Bujan. Councilman Bruce Clark was absent.
Bujan died on Feb. 9 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was elected to the council in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014. Voters made him mayor in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Councilman David Sieloff brought up the idea of naming something in town after Bujan to honor his years of service.
The council discussed the possibility of putting his name on a road such as the Beach Access Road that has been proposed for an area just south of Cinnamon Shore North.
But the idea of building the road there has been met with opposition from Cinnamon Shore property owners. Sieloff said he was hesitant to put Bujan’s name on a road that has been the object of so much contentiousness.
Also, Port Aransas already has a Bujan Street. It branches off of Oleander Street.
It was after only a short discussion that the council settled on naming the city’s planned new law enforcement complex after Bujan.
The city is planning to build a new law enforcement complex building on Avenue A, where the old one stands now.
The old one has been shuttered ever since Hurricane Harvey ruined it in 2017. Police, EMS and municipal court employees have been operating out of temporary quarters since the hurricane struck.
Sherri Bujan said her husband kept a scanner going continuously in their home. It was partly to keep tabs on what was going on in town but also because he worried about police officers’ safety, she said.
“He would get very concerned when maybe there was a threat of a shooting or something on the beach that could cause harm to the officers,” Sherri Bujan said. “He got very concerned about that. He prayed over them.”
She said the council’s decision represents a great honor.
“I think it helps continue his legacy, and I’m very proud they wanted to do that,” she said.