Henderson County votes for new county clerk

Published on Monday, 12 May 2014 23:12 - Written by Staff and Wire Reports

A week after voting to accept the resignation of retiring County Clerk Gwen Moffeit, the Henderson County Commissioners Court voted to install Mary Margaret Wright as her successor, effective June 1.

Wright won election to the office in the March Republican primary. Because she has no opposition in November, the court decided to let her take over a few months early.

“I’ve had about three conversations with her, and she’s fully aware and prepared to give notice at her work where she’s currently at,” County Judge Richard Sanders said.

“I think that’s how the people voted, and that’s who they want in office,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Scotty Thomas said.

In other action, commissioners accepted the 2014 Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office for transparency in government.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said the launching of the new county website last fall has made it even easier for the public to find county government financial information. That also has cut down on the need for open records requests to get the facts and figures.

“It’s so nice when everybody is working together as a team,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence said. “It just makes things go better.”

This is the fifth year for the Leadership Circle Awards, and the first year for the Platinum award.

The award, signed by state Comptroller Susan Combs states, “By providing citizens with a clear, consistent picture of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format, you are setting a strong example for other governmental entities to follow.”

Commissioners also voted to approve an agreement for compensation, not to exceed $1,000 to Allison, Bass & McGee for minor changes in the redistricting map of the county.

Geeslin said the county has not yet received a map from the firm of the State Representative redistricting that placed a portion of Henderson County in District 10.

The county has also not received a map of a small change in two voting precincts in Athens, or a change in the Coffee City-Berryville area east of Texas Highway 155.

The court approved payment of state fees in the amount of $192,819, and $179,342.12 in bills.