The Rusk County Groundwater Conservation District was created by the 78th Texas Legislature in 2003 by HB 3569. The citizens of Rusk County confirmed creation of the District by an election held June 5, 2004.

Mission of the District

The Rusk County Groundwater Conservation District’s mission is to Conserve, Preserve, and Protect the groundwater resources for all Rusk County residents.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Rusk County Conservation District is composed of two members per County Precinct and one At Large by election.

President – Bobby Brown, Pct 4 (2020-2024)
Vice President – Harry Hamilton, Pct 2 (2020-2024)
Treasurer/Secretary – John Langston, Pct 3 (2018-2022)
Director Pct 1 – Ken Ragle (2020-2024)
Director Pct 1 – Sammy Nichols (2021-2022)
Director Pct 2 – Roy Vannoy (2018-2022)
Director Pct 2 – Harry Hamilton (2020-2024)
Director Pct 3 – Jody White (2020-2022)
Director Pct 4 – Emily Whitworth (2018-2022)
Director At Large – Ryan Ellis (3/2022-11/2022)



Robert Thornton
General Manager

Diana Martinez
Office Manager

Rusk County Texas Elections Office, find locations and dates of elections here.
Secretary of State Elections Division, find requirements and deadlines for filing for candidacy.
Application for a Place on the General Election Ballot, Secretary of State
Important Election Dates, Secretary of State

Next Election of Officers – November 3, 2020
District Order of Cancellation

Requirements: To qualify to be elected as a Director, a person must be a registered voter in the precinct they represent.

Director Expiring Terms and Vacancies 2020 Elections
Director Precinct #1: Ken Ragle
Director Precinct #1: Vacant
Director Precinct #2: Harry Hamilton
Director Precinct #3: Vacant
Director Precinct #4: Bobby Brown
Director at Large: David C. Powell

Office Location & Contact

500 N. High St, Henderson, TX 75653
Mailing address: P.O. Box 97, Henderson, TX 75652
Office (903) 657-1900
Fax (903) 657-1922

General Office
General Manager Email:

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Office is closed on holidays, District Holiday Schedule

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