Office of the Mayor
Michael Roberts Carpenter is serving as the eighth mayor of Schertz. As the official head of city government*, Mayor Carpenter is required by the City Charter to preside at meetings of the City Council, sign all official documents, appoint special committees as directed by the council and execute other actions consistent with the City Charter that support and protect the interests of the City of Schertz and its residents.
*Article 4, Section 4.05, Schertz City Charter
Contact the Mayor
Mayor Michael Roberts Carpenter
City of Schertz
1400 Schertz Parkway
Schertz, Texas 78154
City of Schertz Core Values
In the vestibule of the Council Chambers, we have placed a plaque that states the core values against which we measure our actions, both as employees and elected officials. Our core values are simple, straightforward, and directive:
- Do the right thing
- Do your best
- Treat others the way you want to be treated
- Work collaboratively as a team
With every decision we make as a city employee or elected official, we should ask ourselves if that decision reflects our core values.
Past Mayors of the City of Schertz
|The Honorable H. P. Thulemeyer||1958-1960|
|The Honorable Dr. Roy W. Richard||1960-1972|
|The Honorable Jesse W. Graham||1972-1973|
|The Honorable Robert C. Bueker||1973-1980|
|The Honorable Jack M. Stomackin, Sr.||1980-1982|
|The Honorable Earl Sawyer||1982-1994|
|The Honorable Harold “Hal” Baldwin||1994-2012|
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view frequently asked questions, or click the image to the left.
- How are we doing financially?
- What is our current tax rate—and is it going up or down?
- How much do we pay our city councilmembers and the mayor?
- What is the unemployment rate in Schertz?
- What quality of life projects are going on in Schertz?
- What is our water situation?
- What are we doing to bring jobs to Schertz?
- How can I get involved?
- When does the City Council meet?
- Am I allowed to address the City Council?
A city that fails to maintain a strong financial position is one that cannot sustain a pattern of success. One of my primary duties as Mayor is to work with the City Council to ensure that policies are set forth that ensure our financial stability, both for the short-term and for decades to come.
In the last year, many accomplishments support and confirm our strong financial position. Here are just a few:
- Standard & Poor and Moody’s both upgraded our bond rating to AA+ and AA2, respectively, in June of 2014, marking the highest ratings in the history of our city
- We have returned over $1,000,000 to our reserve fund, ensuring our ability to handle emergencies, weather economic downturns and nimbly capitalize on economic development opportunities
- We have instituted 5-year rolling budgets (formerly, we budgeted for only one year at a time) to ensure long-term viability and minimize year-to-year financial risk
- Council has passed a balanced budget—we do not deficit-spend in Schertz
- The property tax rate in Schertz has been lowered while services have been added—with continued, responsible, balanced budgets and sustainable economic development, this trend can continue
Ensuring the safety of our residents and those working or traveling through our city is our foundational mission. While we have other ambitions, chiefly around financial stability, quality of life and sustainable development, public safety remains at the core of why municipalities exist.
I invite you to see how your city is protecting the public. Visit the various departmental Websites. And I encourage you to get involved!