The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Board of Directors elected Atascosa County Judge Robert L. Hurley as 2020 Board Chairman, and City of Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne de Leon as 2020 Board Vice Chair. Both were sworn into office at the annual Area Council and Board of Directors meeting held at Norris Conference Center on December 4, by the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart. Hurley and de Leon will lead the 26-member AACOG Board of Directors, the executive committee, and the agency’s various advisory boards.
Both newly elected officers offered remarks about their upcoming roles. Chairman Hurley stated, “I look forward to working with the staff and the Board of Directors this 2020. The agency continues to deliver above and beyond their program goals, and with the 2020 Census, our regional air quality efforts, and the 2020 Legislature, we have an exciting year ahead of us.”
Mayor de Leon added, “I feel honored to become an officer for AACOG. I believe AACOG does a fabulous job for all our 13 counties, and I look forward to supporting the agency.”
AACOG is a voluntary association of cities, counties, and special governmental districts serving the Alamo Area (State Planning Region 18), which is comprised of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina and Wilson counties. The Alamo Area is home to approximately 2.5 million people across 12,582 square miles. In addition to providing direct-support to local governments, AACOG offers regional transportation for rural communities; monitors air quality and resource recovery; collaborates with local jurisdictions on public safety efforts; promotes regional economic development; and provides a multitude of resources for aging and senior citizens, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and veterans and their families.