Commissioners discuss county attorney vacancy
November 05, 2013, 6:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Llano County Commissioners engaged in a lengthy discussion after interviewing three candidates at Monday’s meeting.
None of the three candidates were hired. The item was ultimately tabled until the court’s next regular meeting Monday, Nov. 12.
Cheryll Mabray officially resigned as county attorney Oct. 31 to become the new Associate Judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country. The commissioners court is tasked with determining her replacement, valid only until the next general election in November 2014.
Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Lange and local attorney Robert Wilson interviewed as applicants for appointment. Both told commissioners they planned to pursue this seat next year regardless of whether they were appointed at this junction.
Assistant County Attorney Linda Bayless also interviewed for the position, but since she does not live in Llano County, she was not eligible for appointment. Instead, she would have to contract with the county.
Each applicant interviewed approximately 30 minutes with commissioners.
In addition, former District Attorney Sam Oatman offered his services, although he made it clear he is not a candidate.
"I’m just an alternative in case you are not able to decide between these three candidates,” he said.The court had discussed two options—appointing or hiring a replacement—in order to fill the office at a special called meeting Thursday. Although they praised each candidate’s qualifications, the commissioners did discuss issues with both options.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
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