Hopkins County may someday have an official whose sole duties involve running elections, but it won’t be before the next round of voting.
The order to create a position for a new county election administrator was tabled by Hopkins County Commissioner's Court members due to the rapidly approaching May elections and lack of time to train someone for that position.
The new position would benefit County Clerk Debbie Shirley, as well as Tax Assessor/Collector Debbie Jenkins, by relieving them of some of their duties and responsibilities.
As Hopkins County Clerk, Debbie Shirley currently oversees county elections and voting in state and federal elections. Jenkins is responsible for voter registration.
According to attorney James "Jim" Allison, legal counsel of the County Judges and Commissioners Association in Austin, legal duty for those tasks would shift to the county administrator upon creation of the office.
But because of the timetables and the amount of time before the next election, Allison advised commissioners court to hold discussions regarding the wording of the order before it is approved.
Commissioner's court members also announced that County Clerk Debbie Shirley's office has officially moved and is open for business at the new Hopkins County Annex located at 128 Jefferson St., formerly the home of Fidelity Express.
The court also approved floor plans for offices in other sections of the facility
Commissioners Court members had other business involving Shirley on the meeting agenda. She and District Clerk Patricia Dorner were commended by Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap for completing the required 20 hours of continuing education for 2008, both receiving certificates of completion from the County and District Clerk's Association of Texas.
"These two do a tremendous job for the citizens of Hopkins County," Millsap said.
In other business, a correction was approved regarding the property description of a registered waste disposal site located 3.5 miles north of the intersection of State Highway 19 and Loop 301.
According to Allison, during a November meeting it was stated the area of a Class A disposal entity, known as the Heilman Site, was located on 26 acres, when in fact it is a 40-acre site.
The correction was more a matter of housekeeping than anything else, Allison said.
"I just like to make sure I dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s, he explained.
The typographical error also included an incorrect registration number. The document was amended with corrections.
Allison reminded the court and those in attendance that the type of waste that can be accepted at the site includes water treatment plant sludge, but not commercial or industrial waste.
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