Mayor & City Council
A Mayor Pro-Tem is appointed annually by Council Members. The City Council’s primary responsibility is to set policy and provide oversight of the municipal organization. Examples of activity include the adoption of the City’s yearly budget and the various policies the Council sets at public meetings.
The Mayor and City Council Members are volunteers, who give of themselves and sacrifice time with their families in order to do the business of the City. They receive no pay for their time. Therefore, we ask for your patience as we deal with each issue in as timely a manner as possible.
Mayor Robert B. (“Bob”) Werner was elected mayor in May 2015. He began serving Shavano Park in 1994 as an alternate member of the Board of Adjustments, and in 1995, City Council appointed him as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, where he had served as a member and then chair for most of the next 20+ years. In 1999, Bob was first elected to the City Council and re-elected in 2001. On leaving City Council, City Council immediately returned him to the Planning and Zoning Commission, where his appointment was bi-annually renewed, and he served as its chair until the May 2015 election.
Enhancement of community services, growth in residential and commercial property values and management of clean commercial property development in Shavano Park have been the hallmark of the last 20+ years. Along with hundreds of volunteers and dozens of community leaders, Bob has rolled up his sleeves to change the outside opinions of Shavano Park. The elevation of Shavano Park as a recognized community includes recognition in the December 2014 issue of Business Insider as one of the 25 Most Affluent Communities in America, 2016 “Tree City USA” recognition and 2015 “Scenic City” recognition. In the fall of 2018, the City of Shavano Park was recognized as the fourth community certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a certified “Community Wildlife Habitat.”
Bob is also active in the community as a volunteer in many organizations, with over 20 years of continual service as a Children’s or Youth Ministry Teacher at University United Methodist Church and 19 years of continual service as a Youth Ministry Leader. Additionally, Bob previously served as a board member to the Hollomon Price Foundation, whose purpose is protection, preservation, and reclamation of the Earth by supporting charitable non-profit entities focused on protecting and preserving people, plants, animals and natural systems for present and future generations. Finally, prior to the graduation of his children from Tom C. Clark High School, Bob was also the Troop 66 Committee Chair, a member of the Clark band pit crew and a perennial girls youth basketball coach. In recognition for his community service, Bob received Home Town Hero recognition (Time Warner Cable City of Shavano Park 2003), and he was honored to receive a Mayor’s Shavano Park 50 Year Award (as a difference maker in Shavano Park).
Bob’s professional background includes his recent sole law practice, over 25 years as a shareholder with the San Antonio based law firm of Langley & Banack, almost 40 years as a licensed Texas Certified Public Accountant and over 35 years as a licensed Texas attorney.
The Fredericksburg, Texas native is married to Mary Werner, his wife for over 30 years. Mary works as a Texas Certified Guardian providing care under Texas probate court supervision for those unable to care for themselves. With Bob, Mary shares a passion for Shavano Park community service and excellence. (Bob and Mary have three children – Blake Werner (Fellow - Addiction Therapy, Yale Medical School Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, Connecticut), Taylor Werner (Associate Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab in San Antonio, Texas) and Kristi Werner (CPA - Audit Staff, Ernst & Young in San Antonio, Texas)).
In 1979, Bob graduated with high honors from Texas Tech University with a degree in accounting. In 1983, he graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In 1984, he graduated with a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Mayor Pro Tem Michele Bunting Ross
Mayor Pro Tem Michele Bunting Ross was elected to the City Council in May 2011.
Since moving to Shavano Park in 1999, Mayor Pro Tem Ross has served in a variety of capacities as a Shavano Park volunteer. She was appointed to the City's Planning & Zoning Commission, 2 terms; was appointed to serve on the City's Comprehensive Town Plan Technical Advisory Committee; served on the Town Plan Core Committee where she drafted and co-authored the Town Plan; was appointed to and chaired the Communications Committee; and was appointed to and chaired the previous ad hoc Newsletter Committee.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross also belongs to the Shavano Park Women’s Club, Lunch Bunch & Bunco. She believes strongly in Shavano Park having a sense of community, co-chairing with Councilwoman Vicky Maisel recent successful events at City Hall like the Holiday Event, Arbor/Earth Day, July 4th Celebration and National Night Out.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross is the Broker/Owner of Bunting Ross Realty focusing on residential property, land and development projects. She holds the following designations: ABR, GRI, CRS, CLHMS, MRP, BPOR, TRLP. She is currently the Chair-Elect of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS Board of Directors, representing nearly 9800 professionals in the largest trade association in South Texas, now covering 9 counties. She also serves as a Federal Political Coordinator in Washington DC for the National Association of REALTORS; she serves as a Board member on both the Texas Association of REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS; she is actively involved in the support of private property rights.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross is an staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility including the lowering of City taxes which Council has done 2 years in a row by 3%. She supports and has sponsored agenda items for better communication/transparency, positive economic development, citizen engagement & community outreach. She believes in providing professional municipal services, ensuring that the municipal needs of property owners are met.
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The Heintzelman family moved to Shavano Park in 2000 and have enjoyed living in what they believe is the best city in the San Antonio area for 16 years. Bob and Storey are raising three kids and have one each in Blattman Elementary, Hobby Middle School, and Clark High School.
Bob has been in the Healthcare sector in San Antonio for 25 years, with the last 18 years in the medical device space. Storey is a partner in Tate Heintzelman Law Firm specializing in Estate Planning and Probate. Bob and his family have been active members in Oak Hills Church for 24 years and are active members in many civic and charitable organizations. Bob has served on the Young Life Northside Committee, Blattman, Hobby and Clark PTA’s, Inwood Hollow Swim Team Board and many other endeavors. Bob has also coached youth soccer, basketball and baseball for the last 12 years. The Heintzelman family also enjoys volunteering for many organizations in San Antonio including Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Young Men’s Service League, and Habitat For Humanity.
Bob was elected an Alderman in May 2014 and enjoys working with his City Council colleagues, City Staff and residents to make Shavano Park a great place to live and raise a family.
Bob and the Heintzelman family are honored to represent the City of Shavano Park and continue service to make our terrific city better tomorrow than it even is today!
Alderman Lee Powers
Lee and wife Kathryn have lived in Shavano Park for over 30 years. Lee has been involved with Shavano Park since the late 1960’s. He was working with Bell Telephone and helped re-map Shavano Park’s phone service from the Central Office still located next to the fire house. As a new Police Officer in 1976, he was detailed to the Shavano Park City Hall (now the Fire Department offices) to keep the peace during a tumultuous City Council meeting.
Lee Powers graduated from O. W. Holmes H.S., attended St. Mary’s university, and graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Retired from Balcones Heights after nearly 27 years in public safety, he is now the Qualified Manager of a Security company with over 85 employees, and maintains his police credentials by working part time with the LaVernia P.D. Community service includes Volunteer Fireman, E.M.T., City Arson Investigator, Police Officer, Chairman of the Water Advisory Board and former CoSO Alderman from 2005 - 2007.