Coleman, Campbell honored at reception

Mark Campbell, outgoing president of the Brown County Water Improvement District Board of Directors, stands with family members, from left: mother-in-law Joanie Thomas, daughter Callie Campbell and wife Kathy.

Dozens of well-wishers packed the small board room of the Brown County Water Improvement District office Thursday afternoon to honor two veteran board members — Stuart Coleman, who resigned in November for health reasons, and board President Mark Campbell, who is not seeking a re-election when his term expires in May.

Friends, family members and fellow public servants surrounded the two.

Coleman was first sworn in an a water district board member in August 1960 at age 33. Coleman left the board for a time to serve on the Texas Water Development Board's Region F Planning Committee, but returned to the water district board.

"He's been associated with Brown County and the state of Texas for at least 54 years," water district General Manager Dennis Spinks said earlier. "No one can replace him — the experience he had not only with the water board but with the Texas Water Development Board's Region F Planning Committee.

"The service that Stuart has provided the county for the past 50 years — I think we need to do as much as we can to recognize him."

Campbell said the highlight of his nearly 14 years on the board was working with the other board members. "It's gone fast and been a lot of fun," said Campbell, who is a real estate agent with Coldwell Bankers.

Campbell said he decided not to seek another term because of "family and business, primarily — time to try something else."