San Antonio has a Council-Manager form of city government. The city council is composed of 10 members elected by districts and a mayor elected at-large. All serve two-year terms with a two term limit. The council sets policies and the city manager is the city’s chief executive officer. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
210.207.7060 / 7107
Julián Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio on May 9, 2009. A 36-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected member of the city council in San Antonio history. Throughout his tenure in public service, Mayor Castro has championed a vision of economic growth and top-notch quality of life for all San Antonians. The community-wide effort titled SA2020 encompasses vision areas the city wants to focus on like transportation, education, arts and culture. SAEDF supports SA2020 as the lead partner of the Economic Competitiveness cause area. The SA2020 vision is collective in nature and aims to unite the community as it moves forward to 2020.
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Sheryl Sculley became San Antonio’s City Manager in 2005 with 31 years of experience in local government. As the City’s chief executive officer, she manages a full-service municipal government corporation as directed by policies of the City Council. She oversees an annual operating and capital budget of more than $2 billion that serves a community of more than 1.35 million residents and 467 square miles. Ms. Sculley supervises the activities of all City departments that include more than 11,500 employees.
Bexar County’s legislative body is a commissioners court composed of the county judge, elected at-large, and four commissioners, elected by precincts. The judge is equivalent to a county commissioner chair. Terms are for a four-year period. For more information, visit www.co.bexar.tx.us
Judge Nelson Wolff
Paul Elizondo Tower
Commissioners Court, 10th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Nelson Wolff was appointed Bexar County Judge in 2001 and was elected to the office by the voters of Bexar County in November 2002, 2006 and 2010. With his colleagues on the Commissioners Court and at the City, he has worked to promote greater economic development in Bexar County, including the successful efforts to lure Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Sino Swearingen Aircraft and other major businesses to locate here. Wolff served in the State House of Representatives and the Texas Senate from 1970 to 1974. In 1987, Wolff was elected to the San Antonio City Council, and after two terms was twice elected mayor, 1991 – 1995.
David L. Smith
The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation works with the Economic Development Departments of the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. Each government entity is responsible for the economic development activities through policy implementation, strategic planning, and partnerships with key organizations.
The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation will work with private and public partnerships to ensure that San Antonio can provide the necessary resources for a high quality, high-investment company to relocate to the Alamo City. Company officials can benefit from the access to San Antonio’s well-known and highly regarded collaborative spirit.
Rene Dominguez, Director: www.sanantonio.gov/edd
David Marquez, Executive Director: www.bexar.org/ed
The financial position of the City of San Antonio has been rated ‘AAA’ for its general obligation bonds by three national rating services. The ‘AAA’ bond rating is the highest possible rating a city can receive and was reaffirmed for San Antonio by Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. Of the top ten largest cities in the United States, San Antonio is one of only two cities that have a ‘AAA’ rating and the only city to have a ‘AAA’ rating from all three major rating agencies. These high marks were attributed to the city’s favorable economic activity, diversification, and solid financial position.
Fitch Ratings — AAA
Moody’s Investors Service — AAA
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group — AAA (as of June 2010)
The City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management is to coordinate the activities of the city departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees. For more information, click here.
The San Antonio Fire Department has approximately 1,100 firefighters, 50 fire stations, and 32 full-time ambulances operated by 347 certified paramedics. The city’s fire department is responsible for areas within the corporate city limits and the industrial districts on a contractual basis. Protection outside corporate city limits is provided by Bexar County or by city firefighters when a written agreement has been entered into with the city. For more information, click here.
The number of sworn officers on the police force is 2,119 (as of Jan. 2010). Patrol service is provided to all areas within the city limits; neighborhood incorporated municipalities and the county sheriff’s office patrol areas outside the city. The average response time is 5.36 minutes for an emergency call and 18.5 minutes for a non-emergency call. For more information, click here.
San Antonio’s national congressional districts and representatives in Congress, as well as the Texas Governor, are:
|State Governor||Senate||House of Representatives|
|Rick Perry (R)||Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)
John Cornyn (R)
|Texas District 20: Charlie Gonzalez (D)
Texas District 21: Lamar Smith (R)
Texas District 23: Francisco Canseco (R)
Texas District 28: Henry Cuellar (D)