City Council

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Council Members

Julie Estlinbaum, Position 1


Julie Estlinbaum graduated from Bay City High School in 1981 and Texas A&M University in 1985.  In 1997, after living in San Antonio and Houston, she moved to Bay City with her husband, District Judge Craig Estlinbaum, and her daughter, Shelby. She has taught school for 29 years, 19 of those years in Bay City ISD. Her daughter, Shelby, just graduated from Texas A&M with a certificate from the PATHS Program. Julie was first elected to City Council in 2012 and was recently elected to her third term in May 2016.





Bill Cornman, Position 2

WGC Picture

Bill Cornman has been serving on Bay City City Council since 2012. A 4-year scholarship athlete, Bill attended the University of Tulsa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During his career, he served as the Manager of Engineering and Operations at Celanese Chemical Co. 

 His wife of 51 years, Connie, teaches Biology at Bay City High School. Councilman Cornman has three children and eight grandchildren.





Chrystal Folse, Position 3 (Current Mayor Pro-Tem)

Chrystal Folse(Bio coming soon)







Steven Johnson, Position 4

Councilman Steven Johnson(Bio coming soon)







Carolyn Thames, Position 5


Carolyn Thames is currently serving her 4th term as a councilmember for the City of Bay City, serving 3 of those years as Mayor Pro Tem. She is a former board member and past President of the Bay City Community Development Corporation.

Carolyn Thames is a Senior Business Consultant with Workforce Solutions. As a Business Consultant, Mrs. Thames works with local businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Groups in Matagorda and Wharton Counties, assisting employers with their workforce needs.

She is Past President and Current Secretary with the Bay City Lady Lions Club and President of the EAC (Economic Action Committee) of the Gulf Coast.

Mrs. Thames and her husband, Mitch, reside in Bay City with their 2-yr old Lab, Buggs. They are parents of three grown children, Jason and Monica Dittfurth and their children, 6-yr old Addison, 3-yr old Reagan, and 6-month old Easton; Greg and Jennifer Hester and their children, 3-year old Kaitlyn and 1-year old Elizabeth; and Eric and Stephanie Gentry.