Board of Directors

Chris Watts
TAMCC President and Mayor, City of DentonWatts-Chris-333x500

Chris Watts was elected mayor of Denton in May 2014 and is serving his third term. He previously served three terms as a councilmember representing District 4. Watts graduated from Denton High School before attending the University of North Texas and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in education counseling and student services. In 1990, Watts switched his career path from computer programmer and analyst to real estate broker and investor. He later attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000, and pursued a career in real estate law. He has coached students for the American Bar Association Student Division Negotiation Competition for the past several years. Watts has owned and operated a real estate investment firm for over 20 years.

Steve RockeySteve Rockey
TAMCC 1st Vice President and Councilmember, City of Friendswood

Steve Rockey was first elected to the Friendswood city council in 2012.  He grew up in the midwest and graduated from Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  While in high school, Steve was a wrestler and studied the Russian language. He was selected by the United States State Department to be a foreign exchange student to the Soviet Union during the cold war years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Ohio University, he moved to Houston to work for the Shell Oil Company in their research laboratories in 1978.  While working at Shell full time, he returned to school at the University of Houston to earn a second bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He was then promoted to an engineer position and continued working at Shell at several different locations.  In 2009, Steve started an engineering consulting business.


Lori Ward is a Texas transplant. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, with a bachelors degree in Spanish and taught Spanish for several semesters at the University of Oklahoma while working toward a graduate degree. For most of her 24-year career, Lori has worked in commercial business development and sales management. She is currently the director sales and marketing for a contract manufacturer that specializes in complex assembly and precision fabrication.

Lori is now serving her second term on city council as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Addison. In October 2019 Lori was elected as the incoming 2nd Vice President of the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (TAMCC), an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League (TML).

Lori enjoys reading, movies, spending time with friends, and taking daily walks with her dog, Rally.

David Rutledge, CMODavid Rutledge
TML Board Representative and Mayor, City of Bridge City

David Rutledge was first elected mayor of Bridge City in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in 2018. He previously served as a councilmember from 2005-2010 and 2015-2016.  David currently serves as the engineering project manager for Neches Engineers in Beaumont and is retired from E. I. Dupont Co. after 25 years of service.  Rutledge graduated from Lamar University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and has served on Lamar University’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council for the past 11 years. 

David was awarded the TML Certified Municipal Official designation in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. He currently serves as the TML Region 16 president, having served as vice president for three years.  He is active in Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) and formed Bridge City’s first Park Committee.  He is a member of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, and the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont. 

Bert Miller portrait


William A. (Bert) Miller III has been the mayor of Navasota since 2006 and previously served as a councilmember from 2005-2006. A product of Navasota High School, Miller attended Stephen F. Austin University and Blinn College. He is the president of Miller Insurance Agency, where he has worked since 1997. He also owns the Classic Rock Coffee and Kitchen in Navasota.  Previously, he worked as a sales representative with Trinity Industries for eight years.

Bert serves on several boards, including the Navasota Economic Development Corporation, the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, the Grimes County Crime Stoppers, the Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, the Grimes County Health Resource Commission, the Navasota Kiwanis Club, and the Navasota ISD Education Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the 100 Club, the Washington-On-The-Brazos Park Association, the Navasota Theater Alliance, the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, the Grimes St. Joseph Healthcare Council, and more.