With the resignation of our county judge it is possible that we might see a change in commissioners court’s spending habits.
Possible is the key word here. It is important that we try to influence who the commissioners choose to replace her.
With the “holdover” provision of the Texas constitution in place it is possible that commissioners court will do nothing to replace the county judge. To us, that would be unfortunate.
Of the four regular members of the court, two have been advocates for fiscal prudence while the other two seem to be more inclined to spend more money.
It looks to us like the swing vote here will be the commissioner that used to be the city’s chief of police. There has been talk of him throwing his hat in the ring and running in the next election for county judge.
If we can influence Mr. Leon to vote for a county judge replacement that wants to reign in spending, we could have a win here.
The word on the street is that there are portions of the county government where savings could be realized by reducing personnel but that the current judge won’t allow it. She evidently does not want to hurt her congressional chances.
An appointed county judge–especially one that will not stand for election–could make the necessary reductions without worrying about the political costs.
We deserve better