Commissioners to meet at full strength

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Every seat in commissioners court Monday will be filled for the first time since mid-October.

Following the death of County Judge Bill McElhaney Oct. 14, commissioners operated with Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns filling the judge’s post as well as the one to which he was elected.

Meanwhile, Glenn Hughes had been serving as interim Precinct 4 commissioner since August 2012 pending the conclusion of a civil suit calling for the removal of Commissioner Terry Ross. Ross was removed from office March 19, and Hughes resigned from the post the next day.

He was appointed interim county judge March 24, and on April 3 he appointed Gary Potts to fill the open Precinct 4 seat.

The string of vacancies, removals and appointments has created the following lineup for Monday: Glenn Hughes, county judge; Danny White, Precinct 1 commissioner; Kevin Burns, Precinct 2 commissioner; Harry Lamance, Precinct 3 commissioner; and Gary Potts, Precinct 4 commissioner.

Hughes and Potts will hold their respective offices until a new judge and Precinct 4 commissioner are elected in the Nov. 4 general election. The winners of those races will take office as soon as the votes are canvassed.

On Monday, commissioners will have a regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will discuss and consider a small watershed rehabilitation resolution for Big Sandy Watershed project and Salt Creek and Laterals Watershed project.

They will also discuss adding all the structures at the Wise County Fairgrounds to the county’s property insurance and adding a part-time or full-time position to the Animal Control Department.

Commissioners will also consider bids, approve plats, accept donations and consider joint project agreements between the county and other local governmental entities.

Monday’s meeting is open to the public.

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