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Hopkins County Commissioners appoint Newsom as county judge

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By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
    Hopkins County Commissioners Court Monday appointed former 8th Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom as county judge to fill out the remainder of Chris Brown's term.
    Brown said Newsom was the obvious choice since he was the only person to file as a candidate for the office for the next full term.
    “Being that we only had one person actually file for the office, it made it kind of an easy selection to go ahead and appoint Judge Robert Newsom to go ahead and step in a year early,” Brown said. “We had 11 applications for that one-year term, and I appreciate each and everyone of those taking time to apply. With everything we have going on, and the fact that we knew Judge Newsom would be the next county judge in 2015, he was able to go ahead and take the appointment now and that keeps us from having to make another change in just a year.”
    Brown said that in the next year, there are several significant issues, including the construction of the new jail, which must be addressed.
    “Judge Newsom was able to go ahead and step in last week when we had the [jail] architects in and offer some things that we hadn't considered,” Brown said. “He is going to have some great ideas on the jail going forward and really be able to stay on top and manage this.”
   In his formal letter of resignation, read Monday, Brown said his three years in office has set a course for the future.
   “It has been one of my greatest joys to serve as your county judge the past three years,” Brown wrote. “Together, we have led the county through the toughest economic downturn of our lifetime and set us on a course for great progress.
   “While we should take time to celebrate the goals we have met and accomplishments we have made together, we must be diligent about planning the path forward,” the letter continued. “But, instead of attempting to leave you with some grand gesture of imparting wisdom, I leave you with this: I will officially end my term as county judge on the morning of Jan. 2, 2014. It has truly been an honor to serve with each and every one of you. While I will not continue in this seat, I will continue to work with you and support Hopkins County as you move forward.”
    Even though Brown's resignation will become effective at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, he said he would be available to Newsom and the commissioners court during the transition process.
    Brown has accepted the position of executive director of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments, based in Texarkana.
    “I'll be just down the road,” Brown said. “So, anytime [Newsom] has any questions, all he has to do is pick up the phone and call.”

 

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