Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross continues to deny allegations made against him.
Attorney Barry Green filed a response on his behalf July 13 after a hearing was set for Aug. 14 regarding his temporary suspension. The hearing was scheduled in response to a petition for Ross’ removal from office filed by citizen Lane Akin last month.
Two months ago Ross was indicted by a grand jury for tampering with government records and abuse of official capacity. The indictment indicates Ross built a playhouse on public property, used county employees on county time to help build the structure and used building components or electrical supplies purchased with county money to build the playhouse.
The hearing for his temporary suspension will be heard by Judge Roger Towery, with the 97th District Court of Texas in Henrietta, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the 271st District Courtroom at the courthouse in Decatur.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Cole said Ross’ criminal trial will likely be scheduled for September.
In the meantime, the commissioner continues to serve Precinct 4 as county officials work to finalize the budget for fiscal year 2013.