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 – Emily Montgomery

Emily joined the District’s board of directors in January 2019. An insurance industry professional with over 16 years of experience, she is the agency manager for the Cuero branch of the Texas Farm Bureau, and currently serves on the board to the Women’s Council of Realtors and belongs to Rotary Club and Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

A native of Marble Falls, Emily relocated to Cuero to pursue her career. Her favorite pastimes are fishing and spending quality time with her husband Connor and her two children, Kyler Jack and Maelee.

Secretary – Mary Alice Perales

Mary Alice joined the District’s board of directors in January 2019. She has been the office manager at the locally owned and operated Standard Printing & Office Supply Co. for twenty-five years. With years of professional experience in accounting, customer and administrative services, Mary Alice is an excellent addition to the District.

Initially from Yoakum, Mary Alice moved to Cuero in 1994 with her husband of thirty years and their two daughters, Bianca and Danielle. Both daughters graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria. She and her family moved into a historical home in 2000.

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.

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