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City Manager - Thomas Mattis


Thomas L. Mattis comes to the City of Elgin with lengthy experience in local government and deep professional roots in Texas. Mattis has achieved a successful and diversified career as a City Manager over the past 34 years, having served as the chief executive officer for six (6) different municipalities in three different states.

Mattis was the City Manager of Colonial Heights, Virginia, a position he had held since 2010. Colonial Heights is a full-service, independent city located just south of the state capital of Richmond and is home to just over 17,000 residents. It serves as the market center for the Tri-Cities Area (which includes the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties and U.S. Army Fort Lee). 

“Mary Ann and I are very excited about this opportunity to essentially ‘come home’ to Central Texas”, said Mr. Mattis. “We’ve enjoyed our time in Virginia, but are very much looking forward to becoming Elginites and serving the citizens there.”

Mattis began his career as City Manager in Rosebud (Falls County), Texas in 1982. After briefly serving the City of Dallas as a Budget Analyst, Mattis was then appointed City Administrator of Pilot Point (Denton County) in 1985. He was subsequently appointed City Manager in Bonham in 1988, the county seat of Fannin County and home of Sam Rayburn.

In 1991, Mattis was appointed as the Municipal Administrator in Waterville, Ohio; a historic, suburban community located on the banks of the Maumee River just outside of Toledo. Mattis served in that position for ten years, having achieved the longest tenure of any CEO serving the Village in the 65-year history of the position.

Most pertinent to the City of Elgin, however, is Mattis’ service as the first City Manager in the history of the City of Kyle, Texas from 2002 through 2010. Located in Hays County on the I-35 corridor, Kyle grew from just over 5,000 to an estimated 28,000 residents during his tenure. Challenges were almost endless, as Mattis led the successful development of a responsive and high-functioning organization, while simultaneously guiding the city’s rapid evolution from small rural town to full-service city. Mattis was part of the leadership team that initiated essentially all major commercial and residential developments that are thriving in Kyle today, including the Seton-Hays Hospital.

Mattis is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in his native Ohio, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1980. He and his wife Mary Ann (a Dallas native) have one daughter, Lillian, who is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and one son, Alex, who is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton. Both are residents of Austin 

Mattis started his position as City Manager September 12, 2016.


Police Chief  Chris Bratton 512.285.5757

Fire Chief  Randy Reyna 512.281.4025

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 The City of Elgin is trying to make Elgin a clean and healthy place to live, so help from residents is important.

Top 10 code violations:

  Weedy Lots

  Junked Vehicles

  Bulky Waste

  Illegal Signs

  Illegal Dumping

  Illegal Burning

  Dilapidated Structures 

  Building Code and Fencing

  Health and Sanitation

  Zoning Code Violations




Amy Miller

Voted Best Community Leader

Best Chamber Volunteer

Artie Monson

Runner-Up Best Volunteer

Ed Rivers



Marcus James - Best City Employee

Terry Fowler - Runner-Up Best City Employee

Marc Holm - Best Elected Offical

Sandy Ott - Best Librarian 


City Council

Chris Cannon




Chris Cannon, Mayor-at-Large, was first elected to represent Ward 3 in 2009. He was sworn in as Mayor on May 10, 2016. Born and raised in Elgin, Mayor Cannon accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from Elgin High School in 2003. He earned a degree in Communications and Journalism at Texas A&M University in 2009. During college he worked for State Representative Fred Brown as the District Director for Texas House District 14. After graduating A&M, Mayor Cannon returned to Elgin and was elected to the Elgin City Council. Before starting his own business, He worked for Commissioner Lee Dildy on the Road and Bridge Crew in Precinct 4 and learned a great deal about road construction and planning. He previously served on the Elgin Economic Development Board. He serves as president of the Elgin Kiwanis Club, and is also on the Chamber of Commerce Board. The Mayor and his wife, Lauren, own Cannon Insurance Services in Elgin and are very active in the community in which they were both born and raised. They are very proud to raise their 2 children, Mason and Caroline in the city that they love so much.



Juan Gonzalez - Mayor Pro-Tem

Ward 2


Juan Gonzalez,elected to represent Ward 2 in 2013, Juan "Johnny" was born and raised in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High  School in 1966. Juan received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University in 1970 and then a Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice in 1988. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. After working at Westinghouse Electric Corp. he became a police officer with the Austin Police Department and retired as a commander in 2003. Juan has served on various committees and advisory boards including the Casy Family Program, Lola Wright Foundation, East Williamson County Activity Board, Public Safety Advisory Committee Elgin, and President of the Elgin Latin Cemetery Association.



Mary Penson

Ward 1


Mary Penson, council representative for Ward 1 is a Native of Elgin. She graduated in 1983 from Elgin High School ans attended The University of Texas 2 years. Mary has 2 daughters, Marissa Hardenman (12) and Frances Bonner (26). She is currently employed with the United States Postal Service as a City Carrier (mail lady) since 1998. She became a lifetime member of the NAACP in 2012 where she serves as the assistant secretary. Mary is a member of The Strait Gate Fellowship Baptist Church where she sings in the church choir and is the leader of the Youth Group ans Young Women's Ministry. Mary says she is proud to represent Ward 1



Jessica Bega

Ward 1

Jessica Bega, council representative for Ward 1 began her first term on the Elgin City Council in May 2014. Jessica takes great interest in serving Ward 1 and the City of Elgin as the city experiences substantial growth and progress in the years ahead.  Jessica grew up in Elgin and returned to her hometown several years ago. Her family, life-long Elginites, are active members of the community and in Elgin’s public schools.  She is a 2013 graduate of the Citizens Police Academy and in 2012, she was appointed by the Mayor to the Sustainable Places Project stakeholders committee as a Member At-Large.  Jessica is currently a Project Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a K-12 learning company providing educational solutions to public schools, students and educators.  She has spent more than 15 years in the educational publishing industry, primarily in project and team management. These years include specializing in print and digital technologies and content development and delivery.  Jessica graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is also a 1988 graduate of Elgin High School. In addition to serving on the city council, Jessica also serves as a member of the Elgin Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.



                                                 Susie Alvarado Arreaga
Ward 2
Phone: 512-750-8178



 Craig Fromme

Ward 3

512. 567.5702

Craig Fromme, is very excited to help the Elgin community as a Ward 3 City Council Member.  He was raised in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1996.  Upon graduation, he attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.  During his time at Tarleton, Craig was involved in many leadership roles within various student organizations and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Business.  He met his wife Ami there and then moved to Paige, Texas for a short time before returning to Elgin in 2004 where they are raising their two children, fifth generation Elginites, Grace and Gunnar.  Craig volunteered for the Elgin Fire Department where he served as a Captain and truly enjoyed helping Elgin and the surrounding communities in times of need.  He works for LCRA in Bastrop as a Power Plant Operator at the Lost Pines Power Park.  Craig began his position as a City Council Member in May of 2014 and will be on the Board of Directors with the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ.)  Craig strives to do what is best for the residents of the community and believes in doing what makes sense for the future of Elgin.



 Phillip Thomas 
Ward 3
Phone: 512-661-8411

 Phillip Thomas was elected to represent Ward 3 in 2015.  He grew up in Sterling City, TX, a small town in West Texas close to San Angelo.  Phillip graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management.  He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Logsdon Seminary in 2007.  Phillip is married to Molly Thomas who is the Branch Director of Encompass Home Health in Bastrop.  He and Molly have three girls who attend Elgin Middle School and Neidig Elementary School.  The Thomas family moved to Elgin in 2013 in order to start a new church, Journey Elgin.  Phillip serves as pastor of Journey.  He is also on the Elgin Chamber of Commerce Board and serves on the board for the Community Cupboard in Elgin.  The Thomas family moved to Elgin because of the small town heritage and the potential growth.  Phillip looks forward to helping enhance Elgin’s future while, at the same time, embracing Elgin’s rich heritage.



Sue Brashar

Ward 4


Sue Brashar, was elected to represent Ward 4 on the City Council in May of 2014. Sue is a lifelong resident of Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1987 and then attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year. She is currently employed by LCRA where she has been for the past 14 years. Sue volunteers within the Elgin community including the Hogeye Festival's barbecue cook off and the children's parade and past community Easter Egg Hunts. She has served on various boards including the Elgin Athletic Booster Club, Elgin Little League, the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department ladies' auxiliary and the Elgin Police Officers' Association. She is also a past member of the Federal Correctional Institution, Bastrop Community Relations Board and the Multiple Sclerosis Society's Austin Walk committee. Sue is a past employee of the City of Elgin working at the Elgin Police Department for five years. Sue and her husband of 27 years, John, have one daughter, Paige, who also lives in Elgin.


 Neil Beyer Ward 4 - Appointed

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  • 1st Tuesday of each month
  • 7:00 pm
  • City Hall Annex
Time and date subject to change, see agenda for current information.
Additional meetings may be scheduled with 72 hour notice.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are posted 72 hours prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Elgin Chamber of Commerce

Elgin Chamber of Commerce Contact Information:

P.O. Box 408 , Elgin TX  78621 (Physical address: 114 Central Avenue)

Phone 512-285-4515   Fax 512-281-3393

Contact Name:  Gena Carter, President



Library: 404 North Main Street  512.281.5678                                                        






Parks & Recreations





Union Depot Museum

  • Union Depot Museum - Historic Downtown Elgin: Celebrating 20 years as a Texas Main Street City! (2011). A New exhibit at the Union Depot Museum. Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 2 p.m. thru 5 p.m. Call 285-2000 for group tours. FREE!!  Donations welcome.
 Sponsored by:
The City of Elgin.
Elgin Main Street Board.
Elgin Historical Association.





Bulky Waste Pick-Up

For Bulky Waste pickup for City of Elgin utility and trash costumers only call: 512.281.5724



Publisher's Note

Elgin, TX

Welcomes You!

By Amy Dittrich,


The city of Elgin was incorporated on May 13, 1872.  The City is named after Robert Morris Elgin, the Railroad Land Commissioner in the 1870's.  Elgin is a community rich in history.  The community offers fun for family and friends at annual events listed in our Calendar.

Also check with our Elgin Chamber of Commerce office 512-285-4515 for information - you might want to become a member.  Our town invites all to join in our community and get to know us and let us know you.

The following pages will show you only a few of the businesses we have in our area.  There is more to Elgin than you think.  Call 512-285-4309 for more information from your customer service person.  If you can't find it in Elgin, look here anyway... we list Bastrop, Manor, Taylor, Smithville, Paige as well.

Advertising is your life blood line.  Keep your name out there for people to keep you and your business in mind.  New people move in every day!  New people view this site every day!  Technology is here to stay... is the way of the future.  We are on 65 search engines and are mobile.  Advertise with us, and you'll be out there too!!

Thank you for taking the time,

Amy - Publisher


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Give them a call for your Plumbing Needs.


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"We Are Elgin, TX" - Welcome

Click the links below to vieiw Dowtown Elgin

Shopping Guides and Map

Heritage Walking Tour

Shop Elgin First

Elgin, Texas - My Hometown

The New Morelia

Open To The Public

Call Elgin Chamber of Commerce for more info: 512.285.4515

The Main Street Board

Bastrop County Commissioners

The Historic Review Board

The Parks and Receation Advisory Board

Businesses New To Town or New To Our Web-Site


Kelly Eartherton - Piano Lessons - 512.629.1836

Sames Bastrop Ford Dealership - 512.303.3000

Tex Propane - 1.800.343.7065

Panda Express - 512.285.2266

Lugi's Italian Restaurant - 512.229.3791

Bastrop Senior Center - 512.303.0072

Evergreen Acupuncture - 512.658.0282

Harbor Hospice - 512.443.7100

TX Dept. of Aging and Disability Services - 855.937.2372

Family Health Center of Bastrop @Elgin -  512.285.6073

Osborn Plumbing - 512.321.6098


H.W.O Computers - 521.271.8909

Mi Celine Mercado - 512.285.6494

Greater Texas Credit Union - 512.458.2558

Elgin Meadowpark Apartments - 512.285.3755

Patty Wagon Burgers - 101 South Main Street

Daniel's Burgers - 121 Anderson Drive

Mattress Firm - 512.285.9599

AT&T - 512.281.0662

EL Norteno - 511 N Main Street

Elgin Music Company - 23 N Main Street

Eltex Graphics and Apparel - 512.229.4100

Joseph's Steak House - 512.285.6149

Double R Hat House - 512.576.9110

Gypsy Blue - 512.229.0037

ATX Jerky - 512.7961210

Eva Mae's - 512.285.6553

Brique Restuarant - Old City Cafe Building CLOSED

Great Clips - Hwy 290 & 95 NOW OPEN

290 Eye Care - 512.285.2020

Georgetown Farmers Market - 512.215.4193

Freytag's Northwest Florist - 512.345.4142

Brown Hearing Center - 512.281.5779

Good Luck Grill Manor - 512.272.8777 

Lucky Duck Cafe Taylor -  512.352.8777

Asian Delights - 512.285.6302


Elgin Seamless Gutters - 512.538.9039

Vicki's German Shephard Ranch - 512.273.6005

Iddy Biddy Bakery - 512.285.2250

JP Septic - 512.229.6437

Parobek Plumbing -512.303.4502

Yoga With Sharon Moon - 512.406.1993

Schlotzsky's 512.285.2867

Tattered Shutter - 512.285.9864

The Good Guys - 512.599.1617

Kistler Fence & Repairs - 512.308.2143

Elgin Lofts at the 44

Regulators Sports Bar & Grill -512.285.3833

Aviator Pizza & Brew House - 512.827.3553

Two Shews - 512.704.5524


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Congratulations Dianne!!

Women in Business 2016 - 2017

 2017 The Women Of...

Skinny Lane Farm

Solid Ground Storage

Frontier Bank

Elgin Family Dental

First State Bank

Abreo & Carter Law Firm


Elgin Pediatrics

Martha's Market

Elgin Smiles Dental Care

Gypsie Blue

Family Health Center

Rush Chevrolet

Double R Hat House

Rosado Insurance

A Flower Connection

The Laurel Tree

Body & Shine Wellness

yoga on the go

Abigail Klamert - Attorney

ETX Travel

State Farm Insurance

First National Bank

Debra Cole - Realtor

Double JP Septic Pumping Service

Gloria's Boutique

A+ Learning Center

Glady's Markert - CPA

Elgin Wellness Center

Dolores Lundgren - CPA

Nancy's Keys

Liberty Tree Tavern - Jennifer Tidwell, new half-owner

The Tattered Shutter

Winkler & Company Realtors

Jeanette Shelby Realty

The City of Elgin

2016 The Women Of...

Jeanette Shelby Realty

First State Bank

Jessica Bega

Nancy's Keys


Winkler & Company Realtors

Frontier Bank

Hutto Family Eye Care

 Enye Creative-Sonia Browder

Elgin ISD

Gladys Markert-CPA

Elgin Pediatrics

Edward Jones-Candace Elliott

City Of Elgin

Portus Pest Control

The Tattered Shutter

Debra Cole-Realtor

Robertson Dental - NOW Elgin Smiles Dental

Yoga on the Go

Solid Ground Storage

Delores Lundgren-CPA

1008 Water St.

Bastrop, Texas 78602


Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm.

Our members are an active group whotake part in regularly scheduled or special events such as:


Line dancing

Arts & Crafts

Live music nights

Exercise classes


Holiday parties

Day trip excursions to area attractions and events

Group travel to America's fun, scenic and historical destinations

Classes to help you learn new skills or lifestyle enrichment

Health screening

Chris Cannon sworn in as Mayor

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Drive A Senior is always looking for volunteers

to help make a difference in the lives

of their senior neighbors.

Volunteers call 512.281.6065 or

[email protected]

Extra, Extra 2014

Women in Business - 2014

The Women of....

Amy Dittrich - Publisher of and Shop In Elgin Directory

Jeanette Shelby REALTY

Jeanette Shelby - Broker/REALTOR

The Ladies of First State Bank

Cathy Pena, Roxann Montemayor,

Crystal Archer, Donna Shewmaker

Debra Cole, REALTOR - John Horton REALTY

Abero & Carter - Attorneys at Law

The City of Elgin

Yoga On The Go - Ruth Jansa, Owner & Instructor

Delores Lundgren, CPA

Portus Pest Control - Mary Portus, co-founder

A Flower Connection - Paula Arbuckle

Modern Cleaners - Debbie Webb, Owner

The Women of Elgin Public Library

The Women of Elgin ISD

Dorothy's Jewelry & Gift Shop

The Women of HEB

Elgin Pediatrics - Dr. Karen English

The Women of Frontier Bank

Hutto Family Eye Care - Dr. Sarah Johle, Dr. Karen Summers

Winkler & Co.

Nancy's Keys - Nancy Barron

The Women of Robertson Dental

The Women of Elgin General Store

The Women of A+ Fun Afterschool Learning Center

The Elgin Courier Ladies

Marie Ott, Heather Ott-Romine, Patty Finney,

Tara Dreyer and Patricia Martin

The Ladies of Elgin Funeral Home

Paula Estes - Elgin Antique Mall

Jane Juler - Tattered Shutter

A Beautiful Exchange - Destinie L. McDaniel, Lisa M. Brady

Elgin Funeral Home

Address: 712 N Avenue C, Elgin, TX 78621

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: (512) 281-5697

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"Freeze It"

Firefighters of Elgin

Chief Randy Reyna


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Volunteer firefighters, first responders sought!  Number of volunteers has declined, workload has doubled in 10 years.  The volunteer fire and emergency medical services is a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience, conveniently condensed into one package.  It also offers several viable options which you can pursue as a volunteer.  You can be fully trained and state certified at no expense to you!

Elgin Volunteer Firemen in Action

The Elgin Fire Department held its first annual open house on Saturday June 18th, 2011. The event included several demonstrations by firefighters, including the one above that shows how fast flames can spread in the average home - the sample room shown above was fully engulfed in just three minutes.

Keeping Up With Training

Elgin Fire Department seeks donations for

Fire Pup Program

The Elgin Volunteer Fire Department

is expanding

its community outreach in an

effort to prevent devastating

fires.  The "Fire Pup" program,

created in partnership

with the National Fire Safety Council,

helps the department by

providing educational materials.

"These materials are just fun ways to

connect to children," said Elgin

 Former Fire Chief Liston Crim. "If we can stop fire

 from ever happening, we don't

have to go out there and

 hopefully it will saves lives.

As our community grows,

so does the need for more

fire prevention education. "


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Jun 18 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Jun 19 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Jun 19 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Jun 20 at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM