AACOG General News

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Alamo Area Leaders Honored by Peers at AACOG 50th Anniversary Celebration


Two veteran Alamo Area community leaders were celebrated with one of the highest honors bestowed by the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG).

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Bandera County Judge Richard Evans received AACOG’s Lifetime Achievement Awards at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration gala at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio on March 1.

For Judge Evans, it was a truly transformative moment.

“It’s definitely one of the top highlights of my entire career,” said Evans. “It was such an unexpected and humbling experience. I had no idea I was even being considered – what a great honor for a rural county judge to be recognized by so many people I highly respect.”

Born and raised in Bandera County, Judge Evans, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Bandera High School in 1965 and then went on to complete a college degree in business administration in 1969 from Southwest Texas State University. He worked as an accountant and independent businessman.

Judge Evans entered the public service realm by joining the Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees in 1976, going on to serve for 12 years. During that time, he also worked as a volunteer EMT.

He was elected county judge in 1996. He’s a current member of the Committee of Six, which provides oversight of the Alamo Workforce Development Corp. He’s also a current member of the AACOG Board of Directors, which he chaired in 2006. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Judge Evans last year to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Judge Evans and his wife of 51 years, Theresa, have three adult children and three grandsons.

Judge Wolff’s past is also in business – family business. Along with his father and two brothers, they started Alamo Enterprises Building Supplies in 1961, selling the business after growing it to an eight-store chain. Another family enterprise lasted two decades and then was also sold after it expanded to various locations.

Judge Wolff entered politics in 1971 after being elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He then served in the Texas Senate before being elected to the San Antonio City Council in 1987, then Mayor from 1991 to 1995. He has been in his current position as Bexar County Judge since first being elected in 2001, with voters sending him back four times.

His time in public service oversaw many crucial projects in San Antonio and Bexar County, from key bond packages to the building of the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus. He has served on many board and won numerous accolades, from World Affairs Council Citizen of the Year in 1992 to being named a San Antonio Business Journal Legacy Leader in 2012. And now, AACOG's Lifetime Achievement recognition.

"It was an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing to support AACOG and all of the important work they do in our community."

AACOG Executive Director Diane Rath said there was a common thread tying both recipients. “We recognized Judge Wolff and Judge Evans as our honorees, but we’re actually the ones thankful for all they’ve done for the Alamo Area,” she said. “They’re both pioneers and exemplary leaders and role models – their respective accomplishments speak for themselves and we couldn’t be any prouder to count on them as our close partners as we continue to strengthen our regional bonds.

Celebration Photos Available on AACOG's Facebook Page

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