Like many cities across the country, San Antonio has a council-manager form of government. Voters elect 10 council members and a mayor to pass laws and policies for the city. Elections are held in May of each odd-numbered year and the council members and mayor are term-limited by two two-year terms.
The council hires a city manager who serves as San Antonio’s chief administrator and is responsible for implementing the actions and policies of the council. The city manager also administers the day-to-day operations of the city and oversees 36 departments, 12,000 employees and the council-approved annual budget. San Antonio’s city manager is Sheryl Sculley.
The overall managing and governing body of Bexar County is the commissioners’ court, which is composed of the county judge and four commissioners. The court is responsible for budgetary decisions, tax and revenue decisions and all personnel decisions except for certain positions that are either elected or appointed by the judiciary or other committees. The county judge is Nelson W. Wolff and the county commissioner who represents Brooks City-Base is Tommy Adkisson.
San Antonio is comprised of three congressional districts – Texas District 20 representative is Charles Gonzalez, Texas District 21 representative is Lamar Smith. Texas is represented by John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate. The Govenor of Texas is Rick Perry.