Mayor and Council

The City of Brenham is a home-rule city governed by the City's Charter, adopted September 7, 1920. The charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. The council-manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a City Council, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The City of Brenham has had 10 City Managers with the first being appointed in May 1968.

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 four (4)-year terms. Four (4) Council members are elected by ward, one from each of the four (4) wards, to serve four (4)-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 (1st) and third (3rd) Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm.

All meetings are posted seventy-two (72) hours prior, as required by the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Mayor and Council group photo - Left to right - back row: Keith Herring, Andrew Ebel, Clint Kolby, Albert Wright, front row: Adonna Saunders, Milton Tate, Susan Cantey - image by James Pharaon Creative
Left to right - back row: Keith Herring, Andrew Ebel, Clint Kolby, Albert Wright
front row: Adonna Saunders, Milton Tate, Susan Cantey

Mayor and Council Biographies

Mayor Milton Y. Tate, Jr.

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.

Councilmember Keith Herring
Ward 1
Councilmember Keith HerringKeith has been a resident of Brenham since 1993, moving here from San Antonio. He is a native Texan, He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Austin, and attended the University of Texas. Keith served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 8 ½ years.

Keith joined the Brenham City Council in 2004, filling an unexpired term. He and his wife, Shirley, live in the Scenic Estates neighborhood, where they built their home in 1994.

Keith was a substitute teacher for the Brenham ISD for 15 years, working on all campuses. He also worked as a 911 Dispatcher for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Brenham Police Department. He served on the Parks and Recreation Board prior to joining the City Council. Keith currently serves as Chair of the Library Board and is very proud of the renovation and expansion of this community asset.

Keith has been involved in youth sports for most of his adult life. Washington County Little League has been a big focus. He served as League President for 4 years, and also served as a volunteer umpire. A highlight of his term as President was the Summer of 2002 when Washington County had two teams advance to the World Series at the same time (Senior Baseball and Big League Baseball). In 2016, Keith was selected as an Umpire for the Senior Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine. As a TASO Umpire, Keith has umpired high school baseball since 2005.

Keith and Shirley have one son, Taylor, who is a pilot for the U.S. Government. Happily, Taylor and his family have moved back to Texas, after Taylor completed 10 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. This makes it easier for “Grandpop and Gaga” to travel and visit their 3 grandchildren.

Councilmember Albert Wright
Ward 2
Councilmember Albert WrightI am a native Washington County Texan and have called Brenham home since marrying my wife Emma in 1970. Together, we have 3 sons Chad, Justin, and Landan and enjoy our 5 beautiful grandchildren.

John Maxwell once said that "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." Servant leadership is not a goal I seek, but rather a core value I attempt to exemplify daily.

I believe true and effective leadership does not come with titles, but from people who are dedicated to serving others. I am committed to the spiritual and social advancement of this community. Some of my faith-based work includes being a pastor of the New Life Church of God since 1981 and Southern Interstate Ministries Conference (SIMC) Vice-Chairman. I have worked and volunteered for many community organizations including PTO president, BISD Mentor Program, Brenham Crime Stoppers, Washington County Youth Soccer Committee, and the Optimist Club to name a few.

I will align my passions for youth development, community enrichment, and ministry with my talents of community engagement, service, and outreach to serve the citizens of Brenham.

Mayor Pro Tem Councilmember Andrew Ebel
Ward 3
Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Andrew EbelAndrew 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 '60s and '70s 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's 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.

Councilmember Adonna Saunders
Ward 4
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Councilmember Clint Kolby
Position 5 - At Large
Councilmember Clint Kolby - photo by James PharaonClint Kolby is a local attorney with the Brenham law firm Betts, Walters & Mutscher, P.C. He graduated from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law Houston. He previously served 7 years as the Project Manager with the Brenham Economic Development Foundation. Kolby has also been a volunteer member of the A. W. Hodde, Jr., Technical Education Center at Blinn College, LCRA Regional Council, Washington County A&M Club, City of Brenham-Board of Adjustments, Blinn Alumni & Friends Association, and the Washington County Bar Association. 

"I believe in servant leadership and want to take this opportunity to serve my community and the citizens of Brenham as the Position 5 At-Large City Councilmember," said Kolby. "With my education and professional background working on large capital projects with businesses and governmental agencies, I believe I offer a unique perspective for the challenges that the City of Brenham will face. As Brenham continues to grow and experiences new business and residential developments, we must be mindful of our budget while we promote public safety, economic development, and community values to ensure that Brenham is a great place to live, work, and visit," Kolby said.

He is married to Elizabeth Kolby, who is a Pre-AP and AP Physics teacher at Brenham High School. They have a daughter, Catherine, and a son, Thomas. Kolby and his family are also members of the Champion Fellowship church.

Councilmember Susan Cantey
Position 6 - At Large
Councilmember Susan CanteyMy interest in Brenham and Washington began in 1978 when my late husband and I purchased a few acres on League Line Road (FM 390); acquired the abandoned Peterville School on FM 1155 outside Chappell Hill, moved it to our property, and enjoyed being weekenders. Over the years, we also acquired three downtown buildings, Botts Title Company, and started a law firm in Brenham.

After Craig's death, I built a home in Brenham and moved to town in 1996. My activities in Brenham have been varied and rewarding. They include Chamber of Commerce Board, Trinity Hospital Foundation Board, Unity Theatre Board, Brenham Greenways Task Force, St. Peter's Episcopal Church Art Show & Sale, Brenham Country Club Board, Animal Friends of Washington County Board and Brenham Rotary Club. Most recently I served on the Main Street Brenham Board. I had the fun of executing the Library Lizards fundraiser for the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library. In 2000 it was my honor to be named Woman of the Year.

I am a 1953 graduate of Texas Woman's University (Texas State College for Women then), majoring in Spanish Literature.

Brenham has enjoyed significant growth over the years I have been here while maintaining its historical atmosphere and warmth. A primary goal of mine on City Council will be to help Brenham grow gracefully into the future while building on its illustrious past. Perseverance will be my by-word.