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.
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.
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 17 years of continual service as a Youth Ministry Leader. Additionally, Bob serves as a board member to the Hollomon Price Foundation. (The Foundation’s purpose is the 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 over 25 years as a shareholder with the San Antonio based law firm of Langley & Banack, over 35 years as a licensed Texas Certified Public Accountant and over 30 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 (psychiatrist Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston), Taylor Werner (stockbroker Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas) and Kristi Werner (who recently graduated with a Masters of Accountancy from Texas Tech University)).
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 Masters of Legal Letters (LLM) in Taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
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.
Alderman Allan Berrier
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Alderwoman Mary Ann Hisel
Alderman Bob Heintzelman
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 Mike Simpson
Mike Simpson was a career Ranger and Special Forces officer in the Army. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1994, attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating in 1998. He worked for the Texas House of Representatives through a legislative session and then began work as a litigator for the Law Offices of Bruce M. Miller, P.C. where he was a shareholder. In 2005, he founded Conciliation Services of South Texas, specializing with his wife Barbara, in mediation, church conflict intervention and biblical peacemaking. In 2007, he was recalled to active duty as a Special Forces officer. He retired again the end of September 2010 and was the City Manager for Olmos Park, Texas. Mike is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and has graduate degrees from Salve Regina University, the Naval War College and St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Mike has conducted Special Operations from platoon to theater level, commanding three Special Forces Companies. He was trained in hostage rescue techniques by the unit that preceded Delta Force. He commanded up to 250 men, including a medical platoon, a logistics platoon, and administrative platoon and an aviation platoon with four helicopters and moved them from the US to Europe on several exercises. He deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines in support of joint special operations for Operations Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan and – Philippines and Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2007 - 2010. He deployed in support of Operation Provide Comfort (support of Iraqi Kurds), Operation Provide Promise (support of Bosnian humanitarian air drops) and the Rwandan genocide relief operations in the 1990s. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and the Army Commendation Medal (two awards) during his twenty-four years of active duty.
Mike’s experience working for the Texas House of Representatives and working with Representative John Shield’s and Representative Frank Corte’s district offices exposed Mike to governmental operations from the state to the local level, resolving constituents’ problems with state and local governmental entities. He provided legal reviews of constituent issues and proposed responses to governments and constituents for the State representatives.
As a litigator, Mike represented injured workers in workers’ compensation suits to obtain medical benefits for the workers. He tried cases in federal and state district courts throughout South Texas and before the courts of appeal. Mike won all of the cases he tried or appealed. He has been a member of the College of the Texas State Bar and the Pro Bono College (for providing free legal services to those in need). He is a member of the Southern and Western Districts of the Texas Federal Bar. Mike was named to the Honor Guard of the Alliance Defending Freedom for pro bono hours donated defending parental and property rights. He was President of the St Mary’s School of Law and the San Antonio Chapters of the Christian Legal Society.
Mike has been married to Barbara (also a Certified Christian Conciliator) for more than 37 years. They have four adult children, Isaac, Abigail, David and Michael (killed in action). All three of his sons were in the Army and are Iraq combat veterans. Mike and Barbara have four grandsons and a granddaughter. Mike and Barbara have been residents of Shavano Park for more than 20 years.
Mike enjoys scuba diving, camping and shooting. He recently took up “Cowboy shooting” after having competed with more modern firearms. He’s a fourth degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and has taught Tang Soo Do for over fifteen years.