The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 has appointed a new Precinct five director.

Ronnie Hopper of Petersburg was appointed Tuesday to fill the vacant Precinct Five director position. His term will run until November 2014.

Hopper is a farmer in the Petersburg area, and has served in numerous capacities on cotton-related organizations, including former chairman of Texas Cotton Producers.

Former Precinct Five Director Bruce Rigler of Plainview resigned from the HPWD Board earlier this year after 18 years of service, citing health reasons.

Lubbock County’s 72nd District Court Judge Ruben Reyes administered the oath of office to hopper following Tuesday’s meeting.