Cobby and his wife Mary moved to Buttercup Creek in 1988 shortly after they were married, while he was still a student at the University of Texas School of Law. Over the past 27 years they have raised their three children, and today enjoy of watching their grandson grow up here in Cedar Park. In his spare time, Cobby is an avid CrossFitter, cyclist, cook, and fan of the Texas Stars.
In 1996 Cobby was honored to be elected to the Cedar Park City Council for the first time. The City was among the fastest growing cities in the country at that time and over the next six years the Council worked to make Cedar Park one of the safest places in Central Texas, and an attractive place for people to raise their families.
During this time, the City adopted its first Comprehensive Plan to guide the future development of the City; created community events like the 4th of July Festival and the Christmas Tree Lighting; annexed thousands of acres of raw land that are now busy neighborhoods and commercial centers; created the Economic Development Corporation and Community Development Corporation; secured the city’s raw water supply from LCRA sufficient for full build-out; jointly created the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater System with Round Rock and Austin to provide wastewater service to the City at full build-out; approved bond packages in 1997 and 2001; built numerous roads, Fire Station 2, and Brushy Creek Lake Park; expanded the Library; and developed Master Plans for the City’s roadways, parks, and utility system.
In 2002 Cobby and Mary decided it was time to focus more on family as their children moved into their teen years, and he did not seek re-election.
In 2005, when the City was experiencing some difficulties, Cobby decided to once again offer his services to the citizens of Cedar Park, after discussing the issue with his family, friends, and neighbors. He was successful in the May 2005 election and served on the Council until June 2010 when he again did not seek re-election.
During this second tenure as a Council member, the City successfully negotiated to bring the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, the Cedar Park Center and the Texas Stars to town; passed another bond issue in 2007; built Fire Station 4 and rebuilt and relocated Fire Station 1; updated the Comprehensive Plan and all City Master Plans; jointly created the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority with Leander and Round Rock to provide Cedar Park’s drinking water needs at full build-out; built even more roads, Brushy Creek Sports Park, and Veteran’s Memorial Park; and achieved the highest possible rating of the Fire Department.
Since 2013 Cobby has served on the Board of the City’s Economic Development Corporation, helping bring new employers to town such as Firefly Space Systems and Voltabox; and in 2015 Mayor Matt Powell appointed him to Chair the Citizen’s Bond Task Force.
Cobby is an attorney with 27 years of experience. He is a partner in Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLC, a 27 lawyer firm that specializes in representing local government, which he joined in 2002. Cobby has represented hundreds of school districts, cities, community colleges, counties, and water districts all over Texas. For most of his career Cobby has been a litigator, but he also has significant experience serving as outside general counsel to various school districts and community colleges.
Since 2008 Cobby has also served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Concordia University, teaching school law to students seeking a Master’s Degree in School Administration.