Commissioner Russ Boles
Republican Precinct 4 County Commissioner Russ Boles resides in Round Rock with his wife, Kathy, and two daughters. As commissioner, Russ works daily to improve roads, make schools and citizens safer, and create quality local jobs in Williamson County.
He was also an integral part of the leadership team now bringing the new $18 billion Samsung Electronics Co. plant to Williamson County – a 6 million square-foot facility that will create 1,800 higher-paying jobs and create billions in infrastructure investment.
Russ understands what opportunities like the Samsung project can mean to an entire community and the families that make it special.
This project and Russ’ work helped lead to the largest economic development deal in Texas history.
Russ and Kathy are small business owners, running an events center on the banks of Brushy Creek—the very same creek side where they said their marriage vows. Russ has been active in the local business community for 20 years. As a commercial broker, he has located numerous businesses and jobs in Williamson County.
Russ would be the first person to tell you that he is blessed beyond measure, with homegrown family businesses, a wife and two daughters, and a community he loves to call home. But things didn’t come easy for Russ.
As a boy, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. While reading and writing came easy to most kids, Russ had to work twice as hard and twice as long. But from those hardships, Russ developed a stubborn perseverance to always keep trying and never quit.
After graduating from Round Rock High School, Russ attended college at Texas State University, graduating with a degree in business. Despite his diagnoses, he worked hard and earned admittance to St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduated with his law degree, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
Upon returning home, Russ began to volunteer with the Williamson County Literacy Council, where he taught jail inmates how to read. Because reading was so difficult for him, Russ was able to use his own life as a testimony to the kind of strong character that comes from hard work and determination. Russ was appointed by then-Judge John Carter as an advocate in courts of law for battered women, abused and neglected children, and the elderly.
Russ built his life on this strong foundation of hard work and service, beginning every morning with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his many blessings. In this spirit of thanksgiving, Russ gives back to his community. Russ co-founded the Relay for Life in Round Rock, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. He has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCAs of both Round Rock and Hutto, and he co-chaired The Giving Circle to raise money for Williamson County service organizations.
Russ’s record of community leadership earned the trust of the Governor, who appointed him as a Director of the Brazos River Authority, a $68 million public entity that is charged with the great responsibility of managing water and wastewater throughout our region. Under Russ's oversight, the Authority has consistently delivered affordable water rates while also preparing to meet the future water needs of our growing state. Russ served with the River Authority until his election to Commissioners Court.
Russ’s background of service also includes the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, where he mentored young professionals, and he is a student mentor for Round Rock ISD. Russ was appointed to represent our area at the Capital Area Council of Governments and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Charter Review Committee.
Now, as the elected County Commissioner for Williamson County Precinct 4, Russ puts his spirit of service and local leadership to work every day for our families by tackling issues that matter—better roads, safer schools, top-notch public safety, and high-paying local jobs—so future generations that call Williamson County home can enjoy an affordable lifestyle and wealth of opportunity.
Russ also fought to keep Austin values out of Williamson County. When Austin was defunding police, as your commissioner, Russ increased the sheriff's budget by more than $12 million and added 15 new positions to protect our neighborhoods and families.