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We would like to introduce your new Mayor, Erin Harrison.  She will begin her term on May 10th and preside hMayor Erin Harrison

Mayor Erin Harrison

 

Erin and her family moved to Olmos Park in December 2015. The following year, she decided she wanted to make a greater impact by serving her community and applied for an open position on the Board of Adjustment. She developed a strong passion for serving her community during her time on the board, and as she approached the end of her second term on the Board of Adjustment, made the decision to run for city council.

She was elected to Olmos Park City Council, Place 1, in May of 2019.

For the last 2 years, Erin has served as mayor pro tem. Over the past 5 years she has worked diligently to gain further insight into the challenges facing our small city, while advocating for fiscal responsibility and always listening to and representing her constituents’ voices.

Erin Cornelius Harrison grew up in Katy, TX and attended James E. Taylor High School. She graduated from Baylor University in May 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business, majoring in Marketing. Erin moved to San Antonio for a career opportunity in April of 2008, and shortly thereafter met her husband, Clayton. They have 2 children, Hayden and Flynn.

Erin has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, leading her to pursue a career in the medical industry. In April of 2023, Erin made the decision to step back from her career in the medical device industry to focus on her family and her service to the community.

Erin is a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility, having helped the city operate within budget while she has served. She believes in a strong sense of community and keeping Olmos Park beautiful and safe. She looks forward to her new role as mayor and is excited to continue in this new endeavor to best serve the residents of the City of Olmos Park.

 


 

       A message from Mayor Rickabaugh:


The first Saturday in May is the traditional date for many municipal elections around the state.  As I reflect on the last two years, I am honored to have served as your mayor and am grateful for your confidence in my leadership.   I leave the city with a budget that provides competitive salaries and benefits for our staff and leaves a small surplus to bolster our reserve funds.  For the first time in a long while our police and fire departments are fully staffed.  We also hired a new police chief and signed an extension with our partner city to continue to provide dispatch and EMS services.  We are also about half way through a capital project that should extend the useful life of our 100 yr. old sewer system. Your city staff and council have been working hard.

As I've told you in my prior communications, city budgets have been constrained by restrictions from the state.  Cities are restricted from collecting not more than 3.5% in property tax revenue over the last year (with few exceptions).  While this is manageable in times of low inflation, we aren't living in those times.  Inflation continues to burden our economy.  Couple this with a cap on property taxes for tax payers 65 and over (about 1/3 or our demographic) and managing a small city budget that is primarily funded with property taxes is challenging.  I don't see this getting easier in the near future.  You've already seen that your council is proactively considering other revenue sources to keep up with the rising cost of providing the HIGH level of services the city provides.

A new mayor will take the reins next week.  Erin Harrison (having run unopposed for mayor) has served on city council for five years and before that on the Board of Adjustment.  Four other experienced councilors are continuing on council.  There is an open council seat created by Ms. Harrison vacating a council seat to serve as mayor.  This seat will be appointed by council with the process to be determined in open council meetings in the next few weeks.  There is ONE year remaining on this term.  If you’ve ever had a desire to serve on city council and just want to test the waters, this would be it.  It’s ONE year, just ONE year, just twelve meetings! City governance is so important.  We need thoughtful, responsible people to serve.  If you are so inclined, I've attached the application to put your name into consideration.  The council meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  You’re all invited to attend every meeting.

 

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your mayor.  It was my honor and privilege.  I’m proud of what we accomplished. I love Olmos Park and I love my neighbors.  Thank you, thank you again!

Almost Former Mayor Rickabaugh

Board Member Application: Board Application


 

 

More information on the 2024 Olmos Park General Election 

 

Free Home Safety Surveys for Olmos Park Citizens


  

Olmos Park has a rich history dating back to the mid 1920's when H.C. Thorman, a renowned oilman and real estate tycoon, purchased property from an Austrian count and developed the posh suburb that became known as Olmos Park. 


Completely surrounded by the City of San Antonio, our residents enjoy both the advantages of a small town and those of a big city.

 


  

DID YOU KNOW?

The City of Olmos Park has budgeted $5,000 in 2020 so that Eagle Veterinary Clinic could care for the stray dogs and cats picked up by the Olmos Park Police Department from calls received by Olmos Park residents.  These costs are escalating annually.
 
In an effort to help defray some of these costs paid for by the City and to pay for out-of- pocket expenses paid for by Eagle Veterinary Clinic for pet adoptions, shots, etc.  The City has established a STRAY ANIMAL FUND.   We are asking that you please consider donating to this fund so that the City can use these dollars for other needs in the City.
 
You can drop off or mail a check payable to the City of Olmos Park with the memo indicating the donation is for the STRAY ANIMAL FUND.
       

VIEW ANIMAL REGULATIONS HERE


 

NEW!  MyPermitNow On-line Building Permits


 

Calendar of Events

May 2024
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BOA Meeting- If Needed
BOA Meeting- If Needed
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 4:30 PM
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City Council Meeting
City Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 6:00 PM
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Olmos Park City Hall, 120 W. El Prado, San Antonio, Texas 78212 Phone:210-824-3281