Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed five new members to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors.

And one of them is Midlothian's very own, Cathy Altman.

An attorney and partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P., Altman serves Midlothian at numerous capacities, including as the chamber of commerce chair, the Ellis County Women in Business vice-president and a board member for the North Texas Commission. Altman was nominated to the board by Abbott earlier this month.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity," Altman said. "It’s a little daunting. It’s such a huge asset for the state of Texas, I feel entrusted with a lot of responsibility. But I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve.”

In addition to Altman, Abbott reappointed current directors Christina Crain, Tori Lucas and Joe McCleskey and appointed Fort Worth Zoological Association chief financial officer Megan Deen, Eversheds-Sutherland LLP counsel Steve Roberts, D&J Storage owner Dave Ward, Leona General Store and Steakhouse owner, Jerry House, as new directors.

The previous Ellis County board member, Harold Barnard, served in the position for 18 years according to Altman, and he opted not to apply for another term. Altman decided to apply for his position and was called into an interview with both offices of Abbott and Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell.

Assigned to oversee the development and conservation of surface water resources of the Trinity River Basin, Altman said the position appealed to her because it handled one of Texas’ most vital resources.

“I have always been keenly interested in how we can be good stewards of our natural resources,” she said. “How do we do the right thing? How do we make the right decisions? That’s what interested me about this position.”

Altman and the other board of directors will be sworn in next Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Arlington. Altman’s term is set to expire on Mar. 15, 2023.


David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX