Mayor & Council

The City Council (a.k.a. Board of Aldermen) is responsible for budgetary decisions, tax and revenue decisions, and all personnel decisions including appointing members to the Board of Adjustment and the Zoning Commission.

Council Members serve two year terms as defined under the Texas Local Government Code. The Mayor and City Council can be contacted through City Hall at (210)494-3671

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Gabriel Durand-Hollis

Gabriel Durand-Hollis, FAIA, is a 1981 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B. Arch),  and firm owner of Durand-Hollis Rupe Architects  since 1986 in San Antonio, Texas. Gabriel has helped shape the profession to create positive change and instill responsibility for the future by striving for improvements to our built environment and our communities. He is an active member in several professional, medical, and governmental positions.



Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 1981

Graduate School of Business Studies, UTSA, 1981- 1982


Professional Registration

Registered Architect in the states of: Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania

Registered Interior Designer in the state of Texas No. 908

National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) – Member


Professional Positions Held:

Mayor of the City of Hill Country Village, Texas 2012-present

Juror for the 2016 Olympic Games Master Plan in Rio de Janeiro 2011

Treasurer of the American Institute of Architects (2012-2013 term)

National Director, American Institute of Architects National Board, 2009 – 2011

President, Pan American Federation of Architects Association, 2004-2008

City Council Member, Hill Country Village, 2004-2010

Elected to College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, 2003

Liaison to the AIA’s International Committee, 1997-99

Pan American Federation of Architect Associations, (Federación Pan Americana de Arquitectos), Delegate Representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; 1997-present

San Antonio Arquitectos-Architects Conference, founder and conference coordinator, 1991

Tri-National Conference, founder and conference coordinator, 1995

President, AIA San Antonio 1992

President, Texas Society of Architects, 1999

Member of the Board of Directors, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, 1992-2002

Member of the Board of Directors, Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio

President, Durand-Hollis Rupe, Inc, a 24 person Architecture and Interiors Firm

Chair, UTSA, College of Fine Arts Advisory Council

UTSA School of Architecture, Advisory Council

Member Accrediting Team, (Two Times) UTSA School of Architecture

Lecturer, Speaker, Panel member, Juror, at Architecture groups and schools, such                         as: AIA national Convention, Bogotá Colombia, Quito Ecuador, Tegucigalpa                      Honduras, Copenhagen Denmark, Querétaro, Mexico City, Monterrey,                                     México, Miami University, Oklahoma University and many others.

Gabriel Durand-Hollis was elected to the Council in May 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2010. He was elected Mayor in 2012.

This position is elected in May of even-numbered years.



Mayor Pro-Tempore

City Council Place 1

Carl A. Register

Carl Register was elected to the Council in May 2003 and re-elected in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

This position is elected in May of odd-numbered years.


Matthew T. Acock

City Council Place 2

Matthew T. Acock

Matthew Acock serves as President of Acock Consulting, L.L.C. and Vice President of Acock Engineering & Associates, L.P., a family enterprise serving the oil and gas industry for over three decades.

Prior to joining the family business, Matthew served as the Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Washington, D.C. from 2005 to 2010, and was responsible for leading the Senator’s legislative activities and policy initiatives at the highest levels of government.  Matthew is credited with many legislative accomplishments, including securing tax relief for Texas taxpayers and industries, as well as successfully negotiating a complex legislative solution to a long-running dispute in North Texas involving two of the nation’s largest air carriers.  Matthew also played a key role in Senator Hutchison’s amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark gun rights case District of Columbia v. Heller, where Sen. Hutchison led 54 fellow Senators and 250 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join in urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Second Amendment by striking down the D.C. gun ban.

Matthew participates in many industry-affiliated and charitable organizations, including service as Vice Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana.  Matthew has also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, where he served as Chair of the Younger Lawyer’s Division.

Matthew holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a B.B.A. in Management from Texas A&M University, where he was a Company Commander in the Corps of Cadets and Executive Office of the Ross Volunteer Company.

Matthew has lived in Hill Country Village since 2013 with his wife Kelle and his two young boys.

Matthew T. Acock was elected to the Council on May 19, 2016.

This position is elected in May of even-numbered years.



 Bernard T. Swift, Jr., D.O., M.P.H.

City Council Place 3

Bernard T. Swift, Jr., D.O., M.P.H.

Originally from Iowa, Bernard T. Swift, Jr. (Buddy) and his wife Kathy (also from Iowa) have resided in HCV for 20 years.  Buddy is an Occupational Medicine Physician and the Managing Partner of Texas MedClinic, a chain of urgent care centers that have been operating in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and the Austin area for 35 years.  Over the years, and as part of the expansion of the medical practice, Dr. Swift has become active in commercial real estate development.  He has served on the HCV Board of Adjustment in the past, and is the immediate past Chairman of the Business District Construction Review Board.  Buddy and Kathy have two grown children, a son residing in Fort Worth, and a daughter who has just moved back to San Antonio from Los Angeles.

Dr. Swift serves on the Board of Directors of the Bexar County Medical Society, the Board of the Roadrunner Athletic Foundation, and as an advisory board member to the President of St. Phillips College.

This position is elected in May of odd-numbered years.


City Council Place 4

George F. “Rick” Evans

Council Member Evans is a board certified attorney who has practiced law since 1977 and founded the firm of Evans & Rowe in San Antonio which specializes in the defense of physicians and hospitals in South Texas. Rick’s education and training is in government and law.

Rick Evans resides with his wife, Rainy, on Cherokee Lane. Rick and Rainy moved to the City in 1995 and enjoy frequent visits from their daughter and two sons all of whom are now young adults pursuing their careers and education.

Rick Evans was elected to Council in May 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and 2012.

This position is elected in May of even-numbered years.


City Council Place 5

Brett B. Rowe

Brett B. Rowe is a founding shareholder in the San Antonio Firm of EVANS,  ROWE and HOLBROOK.  He was raised in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.  He graduated Magna cum Laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1991 and was a senior associate editor of The Law Review.  He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He handles cases throughout the state of Texas.  Brett specializes in the defense of medical malpractice, general negligence claims, and Medical Board complaints.

Mr. Rowe has lived in Hill Country Village since 1993 with his wife Ginger and two children.  He is an active member of Community Bible Church and plays trumpet in the church orchestra.  He also plays for San Antonio’s band of lawyers: The Court Jesters.

Brett B. Rowe was appointed to Place 5 on May 21, 2015.  He previously served on the Zoning Commission.

This position is elected in May of odd-numbered years.


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