Your Travis County Emergency Services District #8 & #16 Commissioners are:

  • Debra Opdahl – ESD 8 and ESD 16
  • Dr. Charles Valadez – ESD 8 and ESD 16
  • Bruce Mills – ESD 8 and ESD 16
  • Becky Wynn – ESD 8 and ESD 16
  • Bruce Goodhartz – ESD 8
  • Chris Wood – ESD 16

NOTE: Board Commissioners are appointed and not elected.

Debra Opdahl

Ms. Opdahl retired from state government several years ago.  She has extensive legislative, executive management, and technical expertise.  She has participated in numerous advisory groups, served on a variety of governor appointed and legislative committees, and testified before the legislature on a broad range of topics.

Ms. Opdahl is married and has one grown daughter.  Ms. Opdahl and her husband, Chris, moved to the Spicewood area in 1982.  Since then they have been an active part of the community, participating in various professional and non-profit boards and fund raising activities.  They enjoy lake life and love being part of this interesting, diverse and unique community.

Ms. Opdahl can be reached at

Bruce Mills

Bruce Mills, a native Texan enjoyed a career in public safety and police administration for over 40 years. Bruce retired from the city of Austin as the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Edwards University and a graduate degree from Texas State University. Bruce is co-owner of a company that recruits and helps to hire police chiefs and city managers in cities across Texas.

Bruce and his wife Judy have lived in Spicewood since 2012 and were in the Burnet County side of their subdivision. Bruce and Judy are building a new home in the same subdivision and will be in Travis County. While in Burnet County, Bruce served as a commissioner and President of ESD 9 for the last three years.

Bruce and Judy have two grown sons and four granddaughters and love to travel in their motorhome to see them.

Mr. Mills can be reached at

Dr. Charles Valadez

Dr. Charles Valadez, a native Texan, is reluctantly transitioning to semi-retirement after 40 years of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. This allows him the time to continue his love of patient care both in the ER and serving on the ESD Board of Directors. A University of Texas at Austin graduate earning a BS in Chemistry, continuing on to Medical School and residency training in Surgery, Trauma, and Critical Care in the North East. Then he returned to UT Galveston to complete Family Medicine Residency training. He served on various Boards including Highland Lakes Hospital Board and Austin Recovery Board. He served as Medical Director of various EMS Units in Burnet and Hidalgo Counties. He and his wife, Madeline, have lived in Briarcliff for over 22 years, have four wonderful children, and three granddaughters. They both are active in their communities, serving on various boards and committees.

Dr. Valadez can be reached at

Becky Wynn

Ms. Wynn was elected to the Roswell, GA City Council from 2008-2016. Each council member served as liaison to a specific city department. Responsibilities included Public Safety (fire and police) she prioritized the needs of the departments to not only keep the first responders safe, but to also be ready to serve their residents. Ms. Wynn was instrumental in adding three canine officers to the police department, approving the construction of a new fire station, and establishing the implementation of a new public safety radio system through the creation of the North Fulton Regional Radio System Authority. Ms. Wynn developed a good working relationship with both departments including fire and police chiefs, staff, and the men and women who served the City.

Ms. Wynn served on numerous committees, boards, and commissions for the State of GA, Fulton County, City of Roswell and non-profit organizations from 1995-2017. Ms. Wynn was part of a team who resurrected the Johns Creek Community Association to represent North Fulton County citizens living in unincorporated areas.

Ms. Wynn and her husband, Mike, moved to Spicewood in 2018 and are enjoying golf, gathering with friends and family, and volunteering for the Highland Lakes Canine Rescue.

Ms. Wynn can be reached at

Bruce Goodhartz

Bruce Goodhartz is the former owner and founding partner of a commercial construction company in the DFW Metroplex. Selling and retiring in 2013 after twenty years of managing the company, he and his wife Alyson moved to the Colorado mountains for several years. 

Following after kids and grandkids, the Goodhartz’ moved to Spicewood in 2016 and became involved with the Lakeway Church. Bruce has served as the Chair of the Elder Board and also currently leads the Local Mission Team for the church. Bruce has a daughter and son-in-law, both Aggies, and a son and daughter-in-law who are both Baylor Bears! Two grandchildren, Hill Country exploring, local music, traveling and lake life keep Bruce and his wife busy and content.

Mr. Goodhartz can be reached at

Chris Wood

Chris Wood has over 35 years in the food industry in the areas of purchasing, supply chain and logistics.  His current role is Director of Logistics for Whole Foods Market. Mr. Wood is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

Chris and his wife, Elle, have been living in Texas for 17 years and have resided in Lakeway, Bee Cave and are now in Briarcliff.  They have a daughter and granddaughter living in Camas, Washington.   Chris in his spare time enjoys traveling with his wife, visiting the beach often, landscaping and gardening. 

Mr. Wood can be reached at