Place 7 Council Member

7-bert-crawford-place-7I was born and raised on a farm in South Texas, and grew up around people of strong Texan values, even if we rarely talked about them. It’s those values that make it easy to remember how special America really is.

I have completed my formal studies at the University of Texas in Austin, earning a BS in Chemistry, a BA in Computer Science, and a Masters in Business Administration.

Since then, I have served our country for 38 years, as enlisted and an officer, and retired as a Navy Captain (O6). During my enlisted tour, I maintained the supply system computer on a repair ship stationed in Norfolk Virginia. After I was commissioned as an Ensign, I was trained to be a Naval Flight Officer and qualified as an air control officer flying from an aircraft carrier stationed in Mayport, Florida. I helped and organized military training exercises with Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. I also participated in drug interdiction missions flying out of Panama City and Key West, Florida, Panama – Central America and the northern part of South America. Throughout my long military career, I developed and supervised the budgeting, programming, and execution of multi-million dollar projects. My skills at negotiation are well recognized among my peers, and helped me getting involved in creating solutions for a wide range of security & anti-terrorism issues in national and international settings.

I am particularly proud of my service within the US Diplomatic Corps as the Naval Attaché to Egypt, where I monitored and guided essential negotiations between the U.S. Navy and the Egyptian Government and the Egyptian Navy. After the USS Cole was attacked in 2000, I was responsible for arranging the safe passage of all U.S. Navy ships transiting the Suez Canal through Egypt and the security of our ships while visiting various Egyptian ports. In my last assignment, I was the second in command of a 230 person unit responsible for air defense of more than one-third of the United States.

Since my retirement, I have been an active Commissioner on Schertz’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z), and I keep my Texas Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certificate current. In my role as a CFM on the P&Z Commission, I have successfully argued for and supported the recent improvements to the City’s Uniform Development Code to protect the largest investment most of us will make in our lives, our homes

‘I also serve on the Randolph Air Force Base Advisory Board, dealing with Hazmat protocols & procedures.

My experience, recognized and honed during these assignments, translates well into what is expected of City Council Members. I look forward to representing you during my 2-year term on Schertz City Council, Place 7