Nixon City Hall

Nixon City Council members are elected or appointed representatives of our community. Nixon is served by respectable individuals, supported by a group of City Employees who bring their designs to fruition. The City Council normally meets at 5:30 p.m., on the 2nd Monday of every month. (Meeting announcements are posted 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting on this website.) The Mayor and the City Council invite local residents to join them as they discuss the salient issues of the City. If you would like to raise an issue with the City Council, please submit an agenda ten (10) days prior to the meeting by contacting the City Secretary at #(830) 582-1924 or email:


Mayor of Nixon – Dorothy Riojas

City Hall Contact number: (830) 582-1924

City Council Members

They assist in the meeting and the decision making of regulations for the betterment of our community as a whole. The City Council, with the assent of the community voice, shall pass ordinances and resolutions.  Our City Council plays a key role in maintaining the decorum of the Council and the beauty of the City. The current City Council members are:

  • Mary Ann Fatheree
  • Justin La Fleur
  • Maggie Gaytan
  • Mark Soto
  • Rene Amaya

City Manager – Harold D. Rice

Harold was born and raised in the beautiful township of Nixon, Texas. He attended Nixon Schools and was part of the 2nd graduating class of Nixon-Smiley High in 1985.

He was hired as Interim City Manager by the City of Nixon in January 2017 and appointed City Manager by the Nixon City Council in October 2019. He comes with numerous years of purchasing experience and is a positive influence and community leader in the local and surrounding counties. Harold is a current member and the outgoing President of the Nixon Lions Club, current member and former President of the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Board of Directors and a local business owner.

He has earned certifications from the Texas Rural Water Association in Water Utility Safety 12/17 and 03/18 as well as a Certification in Pipeline Emergency Response and Damage Prevention. He attended and completed courses in Public Funds Investment, 12/17.

He is married to the Loyce Rice and is the proud parent of three children Justin, Madisyne, and Preston Rice.

City Secretary – Deborah M. Bustamente

Deborah, a Nixon native, graduated from Nixon High School in 1978, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi in May 1982 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She diligently studied towards a Generalist and Special Ed. teaching certification at the University of Houston- Victoria.

Her professional background includes probation, education, telecommunications, and insurance. She has an eighteen-year career as a probation officer in rural and urban counties in Texas. Her career ranges from Line Officer to Chief. She was an educator of special populations in Texas and Alaska for several years, served as a telecommunications expert for General Communications, Inc. and was a licensed insurance broker/representative  in Anchorage AK.

Deborah was hired as the Nixon City Secretary December 2019. She enjoys gardening, cooking (and eating), positive conversation, and people. Deborah states she is most happy when she is busy. She believes she has been placed in the correct environment and positioned with wonderful people!

Utility Secretary – Martina Rodriguez

Martina was born and raised in Nixon, Texas. She graduated from Nixon High School in 1976 and graduated from Bee County Junior College in Beeville, Texas in 1979. After Junior College, Martina worked with the Texas Migrant Council Head Start as the Center Director for two years. In 1981, she was hired by the City of Nixon as the Utility Secretary. Her job duties included utility billing, receiving and posting of payments as well as excellent customer service. Martina is married to Rene Rodriguez, also of Nixon. Together they have 2 beautiful daughters, Samantha and Nicole and grandchildren Zayden, Zoey and Baby Ray.

Utility Clerk – Maria Araceli Mora-Pena

Araceli was hired by the City of Nixon October 2020. She was born and raised in Nixon and graduated from Nixon-Smiley High in 2007. She attended Seguin Beauty School and is still a licensed, professional hair stylist.

Araceli reports that her daughter Amadee is her daily inspiration. During her free time Araceli enjoys watching Amadee play sports, simply passing time with her, and watching movies.


Librarian –  Sally Brassell 

Sally H. Brassell was appointed to the position of librarian for the Aphne Pattillo Nixon Public Library in October 2008. She was born in Nixon and raised in Leesville. She attended Nixon Elementary and Jr. High then went on to graduate from Nixon High in 1982.

Sally was employed at Motorola in Seguin, Texas for eighteen years. Needing a change, she became an at-home Mom for several years to her daughter Karley. Upon Karley’s entering public school, Sally became a substitute teacher for numerous years at Nixon-Smiley C.I.S.D.  Sally enjoys her job and finds her interaction with the diverse population highly rewarding.

Utility Foreman – Jeremy Bustos

Jeremy hails from beautiful Nixon, Texas. He attended Nixon public schools and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1994. He started his career with the City of Nixon December 2005. He earned promotion to Utility Foreman in 2014.  He has attended numerous hours of utility training courses in chlorine and chemical handling, cross-connection control, pressure monitoring, and flushing. Jeremy has passed courses offered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.), Texas Rural Water Association (T.R.W.A.), and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service for ground and wastewater management resulting in securing the coveted Class C Certification and License in Ground Water and Waste Water.  Jeremy also earned a Customer Service Inspector license, a C level Collection License, and an Animal Control Certification. Jeremy has an interest in computer science and has attended Texas Lutheran University  to further his education and satisfy his interest.

He is married to the elegant Elda Bustos and is the proud father of Lynette, Jerome, Iesha, Dominic, K’Lynn, and Naomi.