About Us


DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 is governed by a 3-member Board of Directors, appointed by DeWitt County Commissioners Court for two-year terms. This 3-member board is responsible for setting policy and appoints a General Manager who oversees operations.

President – Doug Sethness (Retired)

Doug was first appointed to the board in July 2016. An accomplished civil engineer, he earned his bachelor’s degree (with honors) and master’s degree at the University of Texas. Now retired, he served for 37 years in the U.S. Army. He designed and developed seaports around the world, from master planning through to construction. His engineering knowledge and leadership abilities have been invaluable to the District.

Doug is a Cuero transplant, having moved to the area in 1999. Doug currently spends his “spare” time renovating a historic home in Cuero. He has two daughters and one granddaughter, all of whom live in Washington State.

Vice-President – Joseph “Joe” Olive

Joe joined the District’s board of directors in March 2020 and continues serving as Vice President for the 2021-2022 term. Joe is a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors and belongs to various local organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cuero Post, Knights of Columbus, Cuero Council, Cuero Chamber of Commerce, Cuero Board Member, Rotary International of Cuero, and helps teach capital markets to students at Our Lady of Victoria in Victoria, TX. Before his career in the financial services industry, Joe served as a human intelligence collector for the United States Air Force, serving ten years with service in Iraq from 2006 through 2009.

Joe has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Global Campus and is currently studying for his Certified Financial Planner certificate. Joe is also an avid gardener and student of the capital markets, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Cassie and their two children, Madeline Grace Olive and Ryan Patrick Olive.

Secretary – Emil Garza

Emil joined the District’s board of directors in October 2020 and continues serving as Secretary for the 2021-2022 term. He is retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, serving as Assistant Warden for the Clarence N. Stevenson unit for twenty-five years. Prior to his career in criminal justice, Emil served his country as Command Chief Master Sergeant for the United States Air Force, both active duty and reserve for thirty-two years. Emil attended the Community College of the Air Force.

Born and raised in Cuero, Emil has been married for thirty-six years and has three children and four grandchildren. He is a fan of music, learning how to play the guitar and performs an active role in his community in such organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the December Events Committee for Cuero and regularly attends the meetings of the Cuero City Council.

General Manager – Beth Parker, CFM

Beth has been with DCDD1 since October 2016. She attended Arizona State University and has a long history in management – most recently as office and project manager for a local surveying firm. Additional expertise in the areas of research, business accounting and development of business systems have been of specific use to the District. She represents the District on the North Cuero Watershed committee.

Beth moved to Cuero in 2009 and has been gradually renovating a historic home since 2010.

Office Manager – Ryan Parker

Ryan joined DCDD1 in 2018. He attended Howard Payne University and has years of experience as a capable administrator. Most recently he worked as a logistics coordinator and administrator for solar energy distributor, Connexa Energy LLC.

A native of the Texas Hill Country, Ryan recently relocated to the Yoakum area. He is a skilled gardener and nature enthusiast and is enjoying further honing those skills in a new ecological setting.

Crew Foreman – Ignacio “Nacho” Granado Jr.

Ignacio joined DCDD1 in August 2019. He has a lifetime of experience in myriad work environments ranging from oil field driver to insurance salesman, to customer service associate. Skills include welding, painting, operating heavy machinery and countless other maintenance related expertise he has acquired in his previous positions. His diverse career has been an incalculable resource to the District.

Born in Seymour, Texas and raised in Emporia, Kansas, Ignacio moved to Victoria in 2008 to work for the City of Victoria for ten years before starting his own handyman business. A family man at heart, Ignacio spends his “free” time volunteering at his church working different events or spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.

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