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The City of Smithville is governed by a Council-Manager form of government in which the Council establishes City policy through ordinances and resolutions; and the City Manager carries out City policy and is responsible for City operations. The Smithville City Council consists of the Mayor and five Council members. The Mayor and Council are elected at-large, which means they represent the entire City and that all registered voters may vote for all six places.

May 6, 2023, General Election - Early Voting and Election Day Voting to be held at the Rec Center located at 106 Royston Street, Smithville, Texas

The requirements/qualifications to serve on the Smithville City Council are as followed:

State of Texas Requirements

(a)  To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective

office in this state, a person must:

      (1) be a United States citizen;

      (2) be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the

           election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.

       (3) have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate

jurisdiction to be:

            (A) totally mentally incapacitated; or
            (B) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;

      (4) have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been

pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;

      (5) have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from

which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:

           (A) for a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election

                 ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application

                 for a place on the ballot;

           (B) for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a
                 candidate's application for a place on the ballot;

           (C) for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's

                 name is written in.

 (EC Sec. 1411)


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lynch, City Secretary at (512) 237-3282 Ext 2106 or via e-mail at

Si tiene una pregunta, por favor llame a Jennifer Lynch, Secretaria de la Ciudad de Smithville a (512) 237-3282 Ext. 2106 or por el correo electronico a
Joanna Morgan, Mayor

Mayor Morgan grew up in Nederland, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a BA in Economics. At Texas A&M, I did graduate work in Computer Science.   Mike and I married in graduate school and moved to Houston, both pursuing careers in Information Technology.   I retired from Cooper Industries, as Director of Corporate Information Systems at their corporate headquarters.

We bought property outside Smithville in 1989, and moved here full-time in 1999.  In 2011, we moved into town.  My first term on the City Council was in 2012.  We have a son, daughter-in-law and grandson in Austin.

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Sharon Foerster (Place 1)

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Tom Etheredge (Place 2)


Tom was born and raised in Central Texas.  His professional career includes over 30 years in the real estate and banking industries.  From 1992 until 2003 he held several senior positions at Texas-based Guaranty Bank; then from 2003 until 2016 he held executive positions at Forestar Group, a publicly-traded real estate and natural resources company based in Austin, Texas.  He currently serves as president of an Austin-based real estate development and construction company that specializes in affordable housing, build-for-rent single family housing and traditional multifamily communities.  Over the years he has supported a variety of charities, including the Red Cross, where he served on the Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Board.  Tom holds a BBA in Economics (summa cum laude) from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, as well as a graduate banking designation from Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.  He resides in Smithville with his wife, Debi. They have seven children who live in various parts of Texas, including a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Smithville.

Term Expires May 2023

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William Gordon, Mayor Pro-Tem (Place 3)

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Stan Gerdes (Place 4)

Stan Gerdes is a 5th generation Texan, born and raised in Waco.  After high school, Stan made his way down to Austin to attend college at The University of Texas, where he met his wife, Samantha (“Sam”), on the first day of class. 

Stan has worked for Governor Rick Perry for nearly a decade – beginning when he was Governor of Texas, and throughout his time as Secretary of Energy. As Senior Advisor to Secretary Perry, Stan held an Active Q Clearance for access to information classified as “Top Secret National Security Information” and lead an extensive team to organize and manage every aspect of the Secretary’s daily schedule – including travel to all 17 national labs, and to over 25 countries.  Stan accompanied the Secretary to countries including, but not limited to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Mexico, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Israel and France.  During his tenure in Washington, D.C., Stan quickly sharpened his ability to lead large and diverse teams – managing and coordinating staff within multiple departments across the 105,000 employee agency, along with staff at foreign embassies and security teams from around the world. 

After 3 years in Washington, D.C. – Stan and Sam were eager to get home to Texas and put down some roots. When deciding where to “land” they thought of Smithville – the small town they always admired on the way out to Stan’s family reunions in La Grange.  As luck would have it, they immediately fell in love with a 1938 Tudor house and were able to purchase and restore it ahead of their move back to Texas.  Stan and Sam look forward to helping Smithville grow, while maintaining the small-town historic charm that makes Smithville so special.

Stan is a proud Camp Longhorn alumnus and a lifetime member of the Texas Exes, the Dallas Safari Club and the National Rifle Association. Most weekends, you can find Stan working in the yard, planning a house project at the local hardware store, or having breakfast at Comfort Café.  He also enjoys volunteering at “Feed the Need” on Tuesday evenings, and the Smithville Food Pantry when his schedule allows.  Sam is an attorney and remains an active member of the Junior League where she has dedicated many years to volunteering in organizations such as FIT (Food in Tummies), Coats for Kids, and Drive-A-Senior.

Stan and Sam are both proud graduates of The University of Texas at Austin

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Janice Bruno (Place 5)


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