After conducting a nationwide search that attracted 200 candidates, the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors named Jace Houston as general manager in October, 2012.
Houston , 45, previously spent 5 years as one of SJRA’s deputy general managers. He came to the river authority from the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, where he served as general counsel for 10 years.
Houston replaces Reed Eichelberger, who announced his retirement in 2011 after 15 years with SJRA. Eichelberger spent the previous five years getting the SJRA’s Groundwater Reduction Plan off the ground. To ease Montgomery County ’s demand for groundwater, SJRA is building a surface water system that will help county residents meet the mandated 30 percent reduction in groundwater usage required by January 2016.
Houston says SJRA is now “poised” to turn its attention back to aggressive, long-term water supply projects and continuing to build partnerships with local stakeholders. “That is what makes us strong,” Houston said.
Prior to the 20 years he’s been involved with Texas water issues, Houston served as legal counsel and policy analyst for the Office of Policy and Regulatory Development at the Texas Natural Resource Conservative Commission and general counsel for the Land and Resource Management Committee at the Texas House of Representatives.
After that, he was employed as general counsel for the Harris - Galveston Subsidence District. Created with the specific purpose of regulating groundwater withdrawals in Harris and Galveston counties, Jace managed multiple departments including liaising with the district's permitting group, providing general legal advice for the district, and overseeing the coordination of the district's 19-member board.
Houston earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin . He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, having concentrated in Environmental Law.
Houston and his wife, Marley are members of Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands. They have two sons, ages 16 and 10.