Councilmember Place 3 - Mayor Pro Tem

Councilmember Curtis Bergthold

Councilmember Bergthold has been a resident of Tarrant County since 1973 and attended the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife, Carol, have four children/stepchildren, Chase, Jordan, Caitlin and Ashlyn, as well as two grandchildren. When he and his family were looking for a home, they were continually drawn to Richland Hills, and they couldn't be happier to be here.

Councilmember Bergthold began his career working in the golf business, but he decided to pursue a new career as a Public Works Construction Inspector for the City of Fort Worth in 1980. In 1993, he began working as the Public Works Chief Construction Inspector for the City of Grapevine. During his last eight years at the City of Grapevine, Councilmember Bergthold was also a Project Manager for public buildings. The value of all public works inspection projects managed by Councilmember Bergthold was over $400 million, and the public building projects were valued at over $100 million.

He has worked with federal, state, and county agencies as well as other local cities, engineering and architecture firms, public utility companies, and countless contractors who still perform work in the Richland Hills community. Councilmember Bergthold continues relationships with many of these individuals from his past as they are still able to help out Richland Hills in times of need. His 41 years of public service gave Councilmember Bergthold a unique opportunity to learn government processes, laws, administration, and, most importantly, how to build infrastructure and public buildings the right way so the citizens get exactly what they paid for.

Councilmember Bergthold's vision for Richland Hills is you, and the needs for the Richland Hills community. Together, Councilmember Bergthold and the community will work to continue the progress that has already been made and grow to make Richland Hills a better place for everyone.

Additional Qualifications

  • Member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Public Works Construction Standards Subcommittee
  • Member of the State of Texas Emergency Response Team
  • Certified Public Works Professional
  • Member and board representative of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
  • Lifetime member of the American Public Works Association
  • Member of the 2022 Birdville ISD 2022 Bond Committee
  • Servant leader on the Building Committee at The Hills Church
  • Hundreds of hours of continuing education

Current Committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Infrastructure Committee

Current Boards

  • Building Board of Appeals
  • Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD)
  • Richland Hills Development Corporation
  • 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.