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City Council

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 all registered voters may vote for all six places.

May 4, 2024, 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) 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 in a general primary election

                 the 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
Sharon Foerster, Mayor
My family has lived in the Smithville area for several generations. I am a graduate of Smithville High School. I am retired from Bastrop County, but have started a second career as a realtor. I was elected to Smithville City Council and served for three years, and am currently the Mayor of Smithville. I am a member of the Smithville Noon Lions Club, Jamboree Committee, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, String Prairie Community Center, Samella Williams Angel’s Unaware Ministry, and many other organizations. I enjoy encouraging people to volunteer because I believe volunteering allows individuals to give back to their communities and make a positive difference.
Term Expires May 2024


Tyrone Washington (Place 1)

Born and raised in Smithville, Tyrone has spent the entirety of his adult life raising his family and serving the community of Smithville.  He is one of the Assistant Chiefs of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department having served for over 20 years.  He also spent 7 years working for the City of Smithville reading electric meters.  He currently works as the Foreman for Bastrop County Precinct 2 which serves Smithville and surrounding areas.  Tyrone has served the community in many other ways including multiple youth sports through officiating, coaching, and supporting.  Tyrone’s service truly speaks to how much he has a heart for the town of Smithville.

Term Expires May 2025

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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 various 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, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren in Smithville.

Term Expires May 2025

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Jimmy Jenkins (Place 3)

Native Texas raised in Wichita Falls. 

Plumber, HVAC contractor, and General contractor for over 35 years.

Went to work for American Airlines as an Electronic Tech in 1997 till retirement in 2018

I am still active in the Trades as a consultant.

Passionate about keeping the natural resources of our state clean for future generations.

Term Expires May 2025

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Mitchell Jameson(Place 4)

Mitchell and his family moved to Smithville permanently in 2013 after decades of frequent visits to be near his wife Sherry’s extended hometown family and relatives.  That local family now includes their daughter’s family and 2 grandchildren in local schools along with 3 sisters and many cousins.  Smithville is home!

After 20 years of leading corporate sales and management teams, Mitchell ventured into entrepreneurship and started an insurance agency from scratch in 2003.  20 years later he felt it was time to give back to the local community by becoming involved in helping citizens understand and navigate local governmental issues and have a voice in addressing the challenges of inevitable growth coming their way.

Now a member of the city council, he has joined a very talented group of public servants eager to represent the interests of the people and the future of Smithville.

Term Expires May 2024

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Janice Bruno (Place 5)

Council Member Place 5:  Ms. Janice Bruno grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio, graduated from Kent State University and retired as a US Army Colonel, with Thirty (30) years of military service in communications/logistics for the Army, and Texas Army National Guard. She has military strategic, operational and leadership team building experience. Janice has been in Bastrop County for over 35 years and currently resides in Smithville. In 2017, she completed her Master of Arts degree at the University of Texas Austin in the Human Dimension of Organization (HDO) innovative leadership program. Since 2014, Janice has served as the Smithville Community Clinic (SCC) Executive Director. Janice provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of the SCC organization’s strategic vision, mission, goals, and objectives. She implements the action plans of the organization and focuses on their achievement. Since 2014, she has continued to build capacity for the clinic by reaching out to generous donors and foundations that support the clinics mission, goals, and values. Since 2017, the clinic has added well women’s, behavioral health, and dental services for the underinsured and/or under-insured population in Smithville and Bastrop County. Her focus is to provide hope and healing to those without means and expand the clinics services daily.   Janice is going on her fourth year of service as a Smithville City Council Alderman, Place 5 and serves on the Executive Committee member for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG).  She also works part-time as a county coordinator for the Smithville Workforce Training Center (SWTC), is a member of the Smithville Whole Health Partnership (SWHP), member of the Smithville Independent School District (SISD), Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), member of the Smithville Noon Lions Club and is currently leading the weekly Smithville Hot Topic Huddles for input to the Smithville Comprehensive Plan for 2023 and beyond. 

Term Expires May 2024

Email Janice Bruno




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