TCDRS Governance

TCDRS was created by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to provide Texas county and district employees with retirement, disability and survivor benefits. Our structure and operations are governed by state and federal law; however, we do not receive state funding.

Board of Trustees

The TCDRS Board of Trustees provides leadership for the system, which serves more than 270,000 TCDRS members and retirees. Our independent, nine-member board is comprised of system members and retirees appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

TCDRS trustees serve staggered six-year terms and have oversight of all system operations, including the annual budget, policy determination, legislative proposals and investment policy.

The board appoints a director to manage the day-to-day operations of TCDRS and an investment officer to oversee TCDRS investments.

Current Board Members

Robert A. Eckels

Harris County Judge (Retired)

Term expires Dec. 31, 2019

H.C. "Chuck" Cazalas

Nueces County Commissioner (Retired)

Term expires Dec. 31, 2017

Jerry Bigham

Randall County Justice of the Peace (Retired)
Term expires Dec. 31, 2015

Mary Louise Garcia

Tarrant County Clerk
Term expires Dec. 31, 2017

Deborah Hunt

Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector
Term expires Dec. 31, 2015

Bridget McDowell

Taylor County Auditor
Term expires Dec. 31, 2019

Kristeen Roe

Brazos County Tax Assessor-Collector
Term expires Dec. 31, 2017

Bob Willis

Polk County Commissioner
Term expires Dec. 31, 2019


The board holds four regular meetings a year and special meetings as needed. Notices of all meetings are provided to the Texas Secretary of State and are posted in the electronic edition of the Texas Register.

2016 scheduled meeting dates

February 16 Board Meeting Agenda
 April 7 Board Meeting Agenda
 June 23 Board Meeting Agenda
 September 15  Board Meeting Agenda
 December 1 Board Meeting Agenda 
TCDRS will post board meeting agendas on our website nine days prior to the meeting date.

Past Meeting Minutes

September 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

September 2015 Board Education Workshop Minutes

December2015 Board Meeting Minutes

February 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

April 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

June 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the previous meeting will be posted approximately one week after the board's approval at the next subsequent meeting.

Governance Documents


Our governing legislation.

TCDRS Administrative Code

Rules adopted by the TCDRS Board of Trustees that apply to TCDRS business processes.

TCDRS Investment Policy

Set by the board of trustees to manage investments.

TCDRS Governance Policy

Our governance model for defining and achieving the strategic goals.

TCDRS Ethics Policy

Sets basic principles and guidelines for trustees and TCDRS employees.

TCDRS Funding Policy

The funding policy governs how TCDRS determines the employer contributions required to ensure that benefits provided to TCDRS members are funded in a reasonable and equitable manner.

Contact the
TCDRS Board of Trustees

You may contact the TCDRS board or any individual trustee in care of:

P.O. Box 2034
Austin, TX 78768-2034

Open Records Requests

To submit an open records request, you may:

  • Send an email to:
  • Send a letter to TCDRS at:
    P.O. Box 2034
    Austin, TX 78768-2034
  • Visit our offices at:
    901 Mopac South
    Barton Oaks IV, Suite 500
    Austin TX 78746

For more details about the Public Information Act, please read this information sheet from the Texas Attorney General's Office.


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