Mayor Edward Lopez

Mayor Lopez was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but has been a Richland Hills resident since 1987. He and his wife, Violeta, have two daughters and one granddaughter. They are members of the St. John The Apostle Catholic Church. Mayor Lopez retired from Grocery Retail Management after 40 years of service.

"In my public service to our city, my focus will always be on safe quality of life neighborhoods sustained by a committed effort to quality economic development."

Current Boards

  • Building Board of Appeals
  • Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD)
  • Richland Hills Development Corporation
  • Richland Hills Tax Reinvestment Zone No. 1

Duties of the Mayor

Per the City of Richland Hills Home Rule Charter (PDF), the duties of the Mayor of the City of Richland Hills are as follows:

Sec. 6.02. - Duties of Mayor-Mayor Pro Tem.

(a) The Mayor of the City of Richland Hills:

(1) Shall preside over the meetings of the City Council and perform such other duties consistent with the office as may be imposed upon him by this Charter and the ordinances and resolutions passed pursuant thereto.

(2) May participate in the discussion of all matters coming before the Council and shall be entitled to vote in the case of a tie, but shall have no veto power.

(3) Shall sign all contracts and conveyances made or entered into by the City and all bonds issued under the provisions of this Charter.

(4) Shall be the chief executive officer of the City.

(5) Shall be recognized as the official head of the City by the court for the purpose of serving civil process, by the Governor for the purpose of enforcing military law, and for all ceremonial purposes.

(6) May, in time of danger or emergency, in accordance with the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, V.T.C.A, Government Code ch. 418. take command of the police and other departments and govern the City by proclamation and maintain order and enforce all laws. The Mayor's actions may not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven days except by or with the consent of the City Council.