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 – John “Johnny” Varela

Johnny joined DCDD1 in May 2021. A lifelong Cuero native, Johnny served as a Fire Fighter for the City of Cuero for thirty-five years before retiring in February 2020. Johnny attended Coastal Bend College in Beeville, and later received his Fire Fighter certification from Texas A&M. Johnny has spent his life in service to his community in many ways; he is also involved with Kolbe Prison Ministries at the Stevenson Unit and at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. During his retirement, Johnny spends his time as a school bus driver for Cuero ISD and for St. Michael’s Catholic School.

Johnny is a family man who has been married to his wife Patricia for over twenty years, with whom he has raised five children and grandchildren. In his free time, Johnny enjoys playing golf, pickleball and travelling.

General Manager – Jennifer Urban

Jennifer joined DCDD1 in December 2021 after spending 10 years in the oil and gas industry in accounting and human resource management. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Houston, Victoria, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction to be completed in Dec. 2022, and is currently studying to obtain the Certified Floodplain Manager certification.

Her free time is often spent fly fishing, cooking, studying history, and gardening with her husband as well as mentoring through the Communities in Schools program where she advocates for dropout prevention. Born in Cuero and raised in the Greater Houston area, Jennifer returned to Cuero in 2014.

Office Manager

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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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