Title VI

Elected Officials

Mayor Tim Barker

Tim Barker was born in Ganado, Texas and moved to Wharton in 1962. He graduated from Wharton High School in 1971 and then attended Wharton County Junior College before going to work for Barnhill Flying Service.  In 1980, Mayor Barker became a partner with James G. Martin Brokerage Co. in operating Burr Farm Supply and Wharton Feed & Supply.  In 1993, he purchased Wharton Feed & Supply from James Martin and continues to operate it today.

He is married to Pam Frankum Barker and they have three children: Jason Barker, Jill Barker-Young, and Jarett Barker.  Mayor Barker is an active Wharton Rotary Club Member, Wharton 100 Club board member and works with the Freedom Fest Committee.  

In his leisure time he enjoys being with friends, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, driving his sports car and attending car shows.

Councilmember Alfred (Al) Bryant, District No. 1

Alfred Bryant is a lifelong resident of the City of Wharton, Wharton County, Texas.  He graduated from Wharton Training High School in 1968 and went on to attend Northwood Institute of Texas for one year. When he returned to Wharton, he attended the Wharton County Junior College and is working toward a degree in Business Management.  He is a Baptist by faith and a long standing member of East Gate/New Prosperity Baptist Church in Wharton, Texas. Councilmember Bryant married Ms. Rita Godfrey and has one daughter, Cheneka Avon Bryant.  He has held various positions of employment throughout his life. He began working at W.K.M. in Richmond, Texas.  Later on, he became a volunteer firefighter in Wharton and is currently employed by Wharton County Precinct No. 2.  Mr. Bryant is looking forward to retirement at the end of year 2011 and will continue to work as a landscaper.

Councilmember Steven Schneider, District No. 2

Steven Schneider graduated from El Campo High School in 1979.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a residential real estate appraiser and has been employed with Catechis, Campbell and Associates since 1985.  He has been a resident of Wharton since 1989 and is married to Vicki Dorotik Schneider of El Campo.  They have one daughter, Katelynn.  Schneider was secretary/treasurer of the El Campo Rifle and Pistol Club and is a current board member for the Wharton Girls Softball League.  He is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Councilmember Terry Freese, District No. 3

Terry Freese is a lifelong resident of the City of Wharton and attended Wharton High School.   He graduated from high school in 1976 and went on to study kinesiology at Wharton County Junior College and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and the University of Texas at Tyler, where he graduated with his master’s degree. Freese is the head golf coach and assistant football coach at Wharton High School and Alternative School teacher at Wharton Junior High, where he has been teaching for 24 years. He is married to Lisa Freese who teaches at Sivells Elementary School, and has two sons, Zachary Freese and Joel Freese. In his spare time he volunteers with the local little league and softball organization.

Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Mueller, District No. 4

Donald Mueller retired from the Texas Department of Transportation in 1991 and was active as a Highway Maintenance Contractor from 1992 to 2007.  He was elected to serve as a City of Wharton Councilmember in May 1992 and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Mueller currently serves as Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Wharton.  He married Betty Krenek of Hungerford in 1958 and has three daughters and three grandchildren.  Mr. Mueller, in his leisure time enjoys farming, hunting and working.

Councilmember Russell Machann, Position No. 5 At-Large

Born in San Angelo, Texas, Russell grew up in Katy, Texas, and attended Katy High School.  He later advanced to Angelo State University and Sam Houston State University.  He has lived in Wharton, Texas, for twenty four years.  He is married to Tonya and has three daughters, Kacy, Andrea and Robin. Russell is the owner of Machann Consulting Inc., has a partnership agreement with AP Formulators in Houston as Sr. Sales Account Manager and is a consultant with JESCO Construction.  


Russell is currently serving on the City Council for the City of Wharton.  He also serves on the City Council Finance, Housing and Public Health Committees, Wharton Economic Development Corporation Board, CAD Board of Directors, Wharton County Youth Fair since 1994 as President, member of the Executive Board, Ticket Booth, several fair committees and Chairman of the BBQ Cook Off for 20 years.  He is involved with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo as District Chairman for Area Go Texan, Membership and Directory and Assistance Committees, Scholarship Judging Committee and a life time member since 1986.

He has been an active member on the Ducks Unlimited Committee since 1994.  Russell has also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Vice President, the Board of the Wharton County Freedom Fest Committee since its inception, the Board of Directors at the Wharton Country Club and the Men's Golf Association as President.


He also volunteered and chaired committees for Senior Serve and Project Grad at Wharton High School events.  He has served as Chairman of Rules and Regulations for Storm Racing.  He has been a Duck and Goose Guide for 20 years for W. S. Sherrill Waterfowl.  He is an active Member of First Baptist Church.  His interests involves family time with his daughters, racing and riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting and golf.

Councilmember Vincent Huerta, Position No. 6 At-Large

Vincent Huerta was born and raised in Newgulf, Texas and graduated from Boling High School. He attended California State University in Los Angeles majoring in Civil Engineering. Mr. Huerta later earned a B.S. degree in Project Management and a Master's degree in International Business Management from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles. He worked several years as a civil designer and field engineer for state agencies and municipalities in California and later moved on to work on numerous overseas assignments on project engineering and construction of oil-related projects. For over 20 years, Huerta actively managed projects for construction of refineries, gas plants, oil terminals, oil rigs and such related works in the U.S. and on foreign job sites. He earned his Master's degree while working as Construction Manager on a foreign assignment in Nigeria using the project itself as the basis for his thesis. He recently retired as a Senior Projects Estimator from Foster Wheeler, USA in Houston, TX.


Mr. Huerta has lived in Wharton since 1991 and even while working on foreign assignments, his home base has always been Wharton. He has invested in numerous real estate holdings actively buying, selling, remodeling and building here in Wharton. He has helped several residents in becoming homeowners using creative financing plans. He also assisted the Victory in Jesus Rehab Center become a reality.  Huerta and his wife, "Winnie" are very active with their church, Grace Community Fellowship, serving in various leadership functions. He was a previous member of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce, American Association of Cost Engineers, Dhahran American Businessmen's Association and Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Huerta has served as Wharton Councilmember Place #6 and has gained much insight of the workings of city government. He has attended numerous leadership conferences and educational sessions offered by the Texas Municipal League Institute for elected officials and earned the prestigious designation of Certified Municipal Official.

City of Wharton
120 East Caney Street
Wharton, Texas 77488
Phone: (979) 532-2491

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department
319 N. Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 400


Wharton Police Department
1407 N Richmond Rd

Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3131

City of Wharton Civic Center
1924 N Fulton St.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-2491 Ext 600
Wharton Emergency Management
1407 N Richmond Rd.
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-4811 Ext 570
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