The City Council is the principal legislative body of the City. The Mayor and two (2) Council Members are elected from the City at large to serve three year terms. Four (4) Council members are elected by ward, one from each of the four wards, to serve three year terms.
All City Council Meetings are held in Council Chambers in City Hall at 200 W. Vulcan Street, in downtown Brenham. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:00pm.
All meetings are posted seventy-two (72) hours prior, as required by the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Mayor and Council Biographies
Mayor Milton Y. Tate, Jr.
Milton Y. Tate Jr. first took the helm as Mayor in September, 2003 after the death of former Mayor Walter Schwartz. He was re-elected in May, 2005 and again in May, 2008.
As Mayor, Tate represents the whole City and is elected by all the citizens. He has been a resident of Brenham since 1963. Mayor Tate is an attorney at law, practicing with the firm of Moorman, Tate, Moorman, Urquhart & Haley, LLP. He is also president of the Washington County Abstract Company, issuing title insurance. Tate holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1963. He was admitted to the bar that same year. He has served as the county attorney for Washington County and was the city attorney from 1982-1992.
Mayor Tate is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Brenham Economic Development Foundation and Trinity Medical Center. He is currently a member of the Brenham Rotary Club, First United Methodist Church and several organizations with The University of Texas.
Mayor Tate and his wife, Twila, have two daughters and six grandchildren. One daughter and her family live in Pflugerville, Texas and one daughter and her family live in Brenham. Mayor Tate enjoys walking, swimming, watching most sports and traveling with his family.
Mayor Milton Y. Tate, Jr.
Councilman Keith Herring
Keith has been a resident of Brenham since 1993, moving here from San
Antonio. He is a native Texan, graduated from Sidney Lanier High
School in Austin, and attended the University of Texas. Keith served
in the Marine Corps for 8 1/2 years.
Councilman Weldon C. Williams, Jr.
Weldon C. Williams Jr. is currently serving his second term representing Ward 2; he agreed to run at the request of former Council member Henry Pettie. Mr. Williams was elected councilman for Ward 2 on May 13, 2006.
Mr. Williams was born in Brenham and lived here until he graduated from Pickard High School. He attended Prairie View A&M University, earning a bachelor of science degree in physics, served in the army for two years, and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., earning a master of science degree in physics.
Mr. Williams taught undergraduate physics courses for five years at Prairie View A&M University. He worked for Westinghouse for 34 years at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA as a nuclear analyst, a nuclear designer, and an editor and writer for the naval nuclear design manual.
Mr. Williams and his wife, Winifred, returned to Brenham in 1998. Since his return, he has worked in the Brenham public schools as a substitute teacher and an English as a second language teacher.
Weldon C. Williams, Jr.
Councilman Andrew Ebel
Andrew has been a resident of Brenham since 1965, when he moved here from Houston after accepting a job with Waldie Sonnenburg at Medical Arts Pharmacy. At that time, the pharmacy was located on the Courthouse Square. Over the past 45 years, he has served his community in many ways; Andrew worked diligently as one of the Republican County Chairmen in the late 60's and 70's to help re-establish Washington County as a two-party community. Over the years, he has contributed his leadership skills to the PTO, Girl Scouts, Washington County Little League as a coach and headed the Washington County Texas Exes numerous times. He has also served as a member of the Trinity Hospital Foundation Board.
Andrew is a lifelong Methodist and has held many leadership roles in his church, First United Methodist Church, including Chairman of the Board. He is currently serving as the Lay Delegate to the Texas Annual Conference.
The City has seen a great many accomplishments since Andrew was first elected in 1992. He has had the privilege of serving under three mayors - the Honorable Robert "Buster" Appel; Walter Schwartz; and current Mayor Milton Tate. During his years of service, Andrew has helped several projects come to completion, including the installation of the Lake Somerville water line, beautification of downtown, the development of the Blue Bell Aquatic Center, Hohlt Park Sports Complex and the development of an affordable housing subdivision near the high school. Andrew was elected to serve in 1992 and did so until 2004; he was re-elected in 2007. He served as Mayor Pro Tem under Schwartz and was interim Mayor after Schwartz' death, until Mayor Tate was elected.
Andrew feels it is an honor to give back to the community that has provided so many opportunities for him and his family. Representing Ward 3 for a total of 15 years has been a privilege and a challenge he welcomes.
Andrew is a graduate of The University of Texas with a B.S. in Pharmacy. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons.
Councilman Danny Goss
Representing Ward 4, Danny Goss was first elected to Brenham's City Council in 2005 and is currently serving his second term in office. A native Texan, Goss grew up in Houston and attended the University of Houston. He completed the Fire Academy certification program at Texas A&M's Extension program. Goss moved to Washington County in 1978 when he and his wife, Debbie, were looking for the best place to raise their children. At the time, he was employed by Southwestern Bell and AT&T. After a number of years of commuting to Houston, and more than 20 years of service for the two telecommunications companies, Goss retired; he founded Goss Communications, Inc. in 1991 to offer voice and data equipment sales and service locally and throughout southeast Texas.
Goss is a certified firefighter and was active in the Washington Volunteer Fire Department after moving to the area in the late 1970s. He retired from the Brenham Fire Department as an assistant chief in 2005, having served for 21 years.
Goss served on the recent task force for developing the Brenham Police Department's new facility scheduled to open this fall. He currently represents the City as a liaison to the Washington County Healthy Living Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Brenham First Baptist Church. His favorite pastimes are going to ball games and hosting backyard barbecues for his family.
"I knew Brenham was growing and needed council members with vision who could dedicate a lot of time and hard work in their positions on council. I also knew I had the desire to help Brenham meet the needs of our growth, and the opportunity came when some community members asked me to consider running for the Ward 4 position," Goss said. "Looking back after just over four years in office, I am amazed at the recent changes in our community and the changes to come in the near future. A lot of people have worked together to make sure that Brenham will continue to offer quality living for our citizens, while accommodating visitors to our community."
Councilman Position 5 - At Large - Mary E. Barnes-Tilley
Dr. Mary Barnes-Tilley, elected to the city council in
January 2012, is a Government Professor and Social Sciences
Division Chair at Blinn College, where she has been employed
for seventeen years.
Dr. Barnes-Tilley graduated from Brenham High School in 1991 and Blinn College in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts degree in political science from Sam Houston State University. In December 2011, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in political science.
At the age of twelve, Dr. Barnes-Tilley started volunteering with the Goodfellows of Washington County, an organization, through the support of the community, who helps needy families during the Christmas season. For the past 15 years she has served as president of that organization. She has also been active in her adult life as a member and past president of the Pilot Club of Brenham and Texas Exes-Washington County Chapter. She is a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church, having served as a church council member and vice-president, member of the Education Committee and currently as a Sunday school teacher. At Blinn College she is active as a member of various institutional committees, the Blinn College Professional Association, having been a member for 15 years and past president, and as a faculty advisor to the Blinn College Student Government Association. In 1999, she was selected as a member of Rotary International's Group study exchange where she and five other professionals traveled to Poland to learn about culture, government and business.
As a child, Dr. Barnes-Tilley began to hear about the important of service to community from her family. Her grandfather, Johnnie Schulte, served as Washington County sheriff for sixteen years and her mother, Mary Schulte Barnes served as a city council member for twelve years, holding the same seat as her daughter. Dr. Barnes-Tilley believes that service is an important part of being a citizen and she has spent her life serving the Brenham community and with this new position on city council, she is excited about being part of Brenham's promising future.
Mary and her husband Jeff live in Brenham with their two children, Halen and Kennedy.
Mary E. Barnes-Tilley
Mayor Pro Tem
Gloria was raised in Brenham and attended Brenham schools and Blinn College. She received her degree in Education from the University of Houston with minors in Math and Art. Gloria also has a Real Estate Broker's License.
Upon retiring from teaching in 1992, she was provided with the opportunity to renovate and give new direction to the pharmacy that was opened by her grandfather and later operated by her mother and brother. It is an example of old and new.
Gloria was married to Edsel Nix from 1955 until his death in 2012. They raised four sons, 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Gloria stays actively involved in Brenham. She is serving her second term on the Council in Position 6-At Large. She served as president of the Brenham Downtown Association and the Brenham Pilot Club. Gloria is a member of the First Baptist Church, serves on the board of the Brenham Heritage Museum and is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Mayor's Downtown Improvement Committee, the Community Service Committee and the Investment Committee. Her family has been involved in Brenham Little League since its inception.
"The door to my shop is always open to the citizens of Brenham and I welcome hearing of their concerns, comments and needs."
City Council Agendas and Minutes
Agenda - Budget
Minutes - Budget
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