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, which he operated until his retirement.  


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 Clifford W. Jackson, District No. 1

Clifford Jackson is a graduate of Rice University where he played football (88’-92’) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 93’. He has always had a heart for children, being involved with them even while he was in college, working as a direct care staff.  Clifford is a Licensed Child-Care Administrator and brings 12 years of experience to Robbin’s Nest for Children where he serves as the Owner. He has also spent several years working with individuals classified under MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation), now known as DADS (Department of Aging and Disables Services). Clifford feels that working in this field gives him the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of both residents and staff members.   

Clifford is a faithful member of the Church of Christ. He serves as a Trustee at the M.L.K. Blvd congregation in Wharton. He enjoys studying the Bible, watching sports, and sci-fi movies.

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.

Alice Heard-Roberts - Position No. 6 At-Large

Alice Marie Heard-Roberts is a lifelong resident of Wharton.  She attended schools in the Wharton Independent School District, graduating with the class of 1998 and completed the Vocational Nursing Program in 2002 at Wharton County Junior College. Mrs. Heard- Roberts obtained her Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2007 at the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. After a short break, she went on to complete her Associate’s Degree in nursing from San Jacinto College in 2008.  As the years passed, she desired more and earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Texas Tech in 2014. After working and taking several classes simultaneously, she completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management in August 2018.  Mrs. Heard-Roberts works as a registered nurse, contract mortician, and a full-time mother.  She has been married to Daren Roberts Jr. since 2014 and they have a combined 7 children together.  She is a long-standing member of St. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church.

Over the years her heavy load of studies prevented her from being as active in organizations as she would have liked, but she continued to be behind the scenes for many events including church, youth sports, and other organizations throughout the Wharton community. In the near future, she hopes to become a member of several organizations in town.

In 2006, Mrs. Heard-Roberts received the Citizen of the Year Award for Wharton County after performing life saving measures on a then 9 year old boy.  She has become a familiar face having worked at the local Pizza Hut, nursing homes, and within the funeral industry.  She currently works primarily as a registered nurse.  Most of her tenure has been working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In her spare time she enjoys fishing, thrifting, couponing, shopping, or visiting the local nursing homes.









Alice Heard Roberts

Wharton seal

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
facebook twitter
Copyright © 2011-2016 City of Wharton. All Rights Reserved.

powered by ezTaskTitanium TM