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 Olive

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Secretary – Emil Garza

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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.

Administrative Assistant – 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 Granado Jr.

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