Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

City Council


Mike Byrd


My name is Mike and I have served 4 consecutive terms on the City Council.
I am a highly experienced Information Technology professional with strong technical, project management, and communication skills. I have managed the installation of backup generator support for the Sunrise Beach Water Department. Currently, I am managing the engineering design and implementation of a second water tank at the top of Sandy Mountain as well as overseeing analytical upgrades for the automation of our water system software and hardware.
I received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas, an MSE (rocket propulsion) from Purdue, and an MS-SE from SMU. After leaving Purdue, I worked for General Dynamics (now Lockheed) in Fort Worth as a propulsion engineer for two years followed by my studies at SMU. I then completed 20 years in the US Air Force as a fighter/instructor/test pilot, rocket scientist, and project manager. My last project in the AF was to put together a joint test with the Army with a budget of $65m in the first year. After retiring from the AF, I put my hobby skills to work in Information Technology and worked for several companies; including 9 years as the IT Director for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. I still work part-time as a Database Consultant, and give database presentations around the world.

I love the Sunrise Beach community and its citizens. I am very active in the Sunrise Beach Federated Church, where I helped implement their website, as well as design and manage the streaming service for Sunday morning worship.  In my spare time, I assist with maintaining a Sunrise Beach mail list database used by the VFD, CCAA, and the City Employee Bonus program.


John Schwin


Greetings! John Schwin here, your councilmember since 2022. I take this role very seriously, researching the agenda items before each meeting, analyzing our budget conditions, and gathering pertinent information that affects our residents to make the best decisions for our entire community. Previously, I was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, collaborating with the team that was instrumental in creating the Ordinance 347.1 revision. I have also spent much time at the water department learning the operation of our water system and the issues that this system faces so that we can develop thoughtful, cost-effective solutions.

My interest as a member of our governing body is to keep focus on the city’s infrastructure and ordinances to protect our standard of living. A robust planning process, complemented by firm, accountable action is how we can maintain and improve that standard.

I am a degreed electrical engineer (Purdue University) and I hold an MBA (University of Chicago). Early in my career I designed control systems for nuclear power plants. From there, I moved into the executive ranks, leading sales operations, and entire business units for global companies. My career has taken me to 40 different countries but no place better than Texas!

I am an active leader and volunteer with the Phoenix Center (mental health for children) as a ropes course facilitator and property manager for their ranch and facility. Previously, I served as President, Secretary, as well as Assistant Treasurer for Fort Bend County, Texas ESD #2 during a 10-year stint; and as a Board Member for an engineering technical society. I am also the private chef and domestic engineer to the renowned Evelyn Schwin, Burnet High School’s English Department Chair and 2022 Teacher of the Year!

Drop me a line at I promise you will get a thorough, well-researched response!


Ann Starr


Hello! My name is Ann Starr and I currently serve as a member of the City Council. I was elected in 2023 and will serve for a two-year term. I have not previously been elected to city council, so I’ve been learning a lot this year about the needs of our citizens and our city. My goals as a council member are to ensure that citizen’s ideas and opinions are considered; bring ideas to the city council that will ensure our safety, security and quality of life are enhanced; work with the community groups to determine strategies that can be implemented, which will improve our community well-being.

I have been a resident of Sunrise Beach for 15 years. I am married to Joel Cowman, who has been a resident of Sunrise Beach for 45 years. We have four children and seven grandchildren. I have been involved in numerous community organizations here in Sunrise Beach including: Sunrise Beach Federated Church for 5 years, Sunrise Beach Auxiliary for 4 years, Sip and Stroll Committee for 4 years (where I currently serve as chair of the committee), and Burnet Texas Rotary International.

My career has included working for Motorola and Dell in human resources, as well as a non-profit organization providing Employee Assistance services to small companies, state agencies, counties and universities. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas. I am also a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach, as well as Tasting Room Manager at Wedding Oak Winery.

I look forward to serving the citizens of Sunrise Beach. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas on how to improve our community


Rob Hardy


Hi, my name is Rob! I have over 30 years of healthcare operations and management experience across various healthcare settings. Beginning my career as a Licensed Paramedic and Commander with one of the most prestigious EMS services in the country, I served in C level positions in hospital administration, academic medicine, multi-specialty practice management, and most recently led Accountable Care Organizations to achieve some of the highest levels of quality metrics in the country. I also recently became a Licensed REALTOR ®, which is a benefit both in my healthcare practice as well as learning the Farm and Ranch real estate business in the Hill Country.

I am a Life Fellow, and am Board Certified in Healthcare Management through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), as well as a Certified Medical Practice Executive of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas State University, and an All But Dissertation (ABD) for a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas.

My selected volunteer and service experience includes being a Member of the Llano County Healthcare Forum, Chairman of the Federated Church of Sunrise Beach, Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, Commissioner of Williamson County Emergency Services District 8, Director of Williamson County Board of Health, and a Founding Board Member of the Georgetown Neurosciences Foundation (an organization created to research and better understand brain health).

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, children, and friends – especially my 110 lb White German Shepherd Milo. I am very active in my church community and enjoy the outdoors through horseback riding, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping. I am also personally dedicated to the premise that no one should take themselves too seriously! 🙂 Please contact me anytime at

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