Councilmember Place 5 - Mayor Pro Tem

Councilmember G.W. Estep

Councilmember Estep has lived in Tarrant County for over 30 years and moved to Richland Hills in February 2019. He and his wife, Lisa, have three sons. Councilmember Estep went to Louisiana Tech University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In 2016, he was awarded Engineering Alumni of the Year.

Councilmember Estep is the President and CEO of software company ZedaSoft, Inc. Outside of work and Richland Hills City Council commitments, he is also involved in the following:

  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Committee Member
  • Economic Development/Technology Steering Committee Member
  • Habitat for Humanity Cornerstone Construction Leader and Volunteer
  • Cowtown Brushup Volunteer
  • Beautiful Feet Ministries Volunteer
  • Tarrant Area Food Bank Volunteer
  • Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Donor and Supporter
  • Adult and Teen Challenge Donor and Supporter
  • Susan G. Komen Volunteer
  • National Training Systems Association - America's Teachers at I/ITSEC Program
  • Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Cub Scouts of America Pack Committee Chair

Current Committees

  • Finance Committee

Current Boards

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

Duties of Mayor Pro Tem

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

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

(b) The Mayor Pro Tem shall be elected from among the members of the five Councilmembers; shall be elected at the first regular meeting following the general City election, and shall, in the absence or disability of the Mayor, perform all the Mayor's duties.

Duties of Councilmembers

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

Sec. 6.03. - Powers and duties of City Council.

The powers and duties herein conferred upon the City Council shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

(1) To appoint and remove the City Manager, City Attorney, Municipal Judge and relief Municipal Judges, and other such employees required by state law to be appointed by the City Council.

(2) To establish other administrative departments and distribute the work of divisions and to abolish or consolidate said departments and divisions.

(3) To adopt the budget of the City.

(4) To authorize the issuance of:

A. Bonds by a bond ordinance;

B. Certificates of obligation subject to the notice, petition and election provisions as provided within V.T.C.A, Local Government Code §271041, the Certificate of Obligation Act.

(5) To inquire into the conduct of any office, department, or agency of the City and make investigation as to municipal affairs.

(6) To appoint all commissions, boards, committees, task forces and/or appointed groups to assist the Council in the performance of its duties and responsibilities, such powers subject to the restrictions of the Charter and the laws of the State of Texas.

(7) To adopt plats.

(8) To adopt and modify the official map of the City.

(9) To regulate, license, and fix the charges or fares made by any person owning, obtaining or controlling any vehicle of any character used for carrying of passengers for hire on the public streets and alleys of the City.

(10) To provide for the establishment and designations of fire limits and to prescribe the kind and character of buildings or structures or improvements to be erected therein, and provide for the condemnation of dangerous structures or buildings or dilapidated buildings calculated to increase the fire hazard, and the manner of their removal or destruction.

(11) To fix the salaries and compensation for the non-elective City officers and employees.

(12) To provide for sanitary sewer and water system.

(13) May regulate burial grounds, cemeteries, and crematories and condemn and close any such burial grounds, cemeteries, and crematories in the thickly settled portions of the City when public interest or public health may demand, and may regulate interment of the deceased.