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Fort Bend County Updates

Judge Robert E. Hebert - Fort Bend Constitutional County Judge

Judge Robert E. (Bob) Hebert assumed the office of Fort Bend Constitutional County Judge on January 1, 2003. As County Judge he presides over Commissioners Court which oversees the county’s 2500 employees and its $310 Million budget for the county's 745,000 residents. Fort Bend, the 10th largest county in Texas, is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and was recently selected by Forbes Magazine as the Number 1 community in the nation for opportunity and named by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research as the most diverse community in the nation.

After graduation from Pampa High School in the Texas panhandle in 1959, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge in 1963, Bob settled in the Houston area with Pat, his wife of 54 years. While Pat raised three daughters, Bob worked days and spent his nights using the GI Bill to pursue a college education. Judge Hebert now holds an Associate Degree from South Texas Junior College (U of H Downtown); a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Management from California Coast University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business in Austin.

In 1972 he founded the former ECO Resources, Inc., a water utility management company, and served as its Chairman and CEO until 1985 when the company was acquired by Southwest Water Company. Since 1985 Bob has resided in Fort Bend County and through Robert Hebert and Associates, has served as a consultant to public and private water utility operations across the USA. Additionally, his past service to Texas and Fort Bend County includes the Temporary Receivership for the City of Arcola; City Manager of Rosenberg, Texas; Vice President and Director of the Brazos River Authority; Trustee and President of the Alief ISD Board of Trustees; President and Director of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Rosenberg-Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Fort Bend Museum Association; Director and Vice Chairman of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Past-President and Chairman of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (Arlington, VA). He currently serves as a member of the Region H Water Planning Committee, the Texas Water Conservation Association and the National Water Resource Association, and is currently Chairman-elect of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties and a member of its policy committee.


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