The seventh largest city in the United States, San Antonio was deemed a “model city” in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranking second in the nation among the 30 largest cities in terms of emergency readiness according to a CNN report.
With the nation divided by political mayhem and disinformation, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg demanded explanations from state and federal government officials regarding often contradictory and controversial decisions. Through daily media broadcasts, they kept San Antonio’s citizens updated with health and safety information as well as the latest news on treatments and vaccine developments.
In The Mayor and The Judge Nelson Wolff recounts his days in the trenches. From the tumultuous political and legal battles he engaged in on an almost daily basis – introducing emergency laws and safety guidelines, only to have them overturned as state leaders wavered and caved in to politics – to helping organize mass vaccination centers across the city and quiet moments spent in reflection, mourning the loss of close personal friends. He concludes with a win-win strategy for dealing with any future pandemic.
Emotional, gritty and at times humorous, Judge Wolff writes with passion, sincerity and vigor – and he doesn’t pull any punches in this engaging and important book.
Nelson Wolff has served the greater San Antonio area as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate in 1973, and the San Antonio City Council, as well as the mayor of San Antonio. He currently serves as Bexar County Judge, a position to which he was appointed in 2001, and to which he has been elected five times. During his almost 50 year tenure as a public servant, Wolff has played a key role in countless economic and community development initiatives.
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