Acosta gets 2-year term as treasurer
County commissioners on Monday unanimously named Acosta as county treasurer after accepting a “letter of decline” from County Auditor Danica Lara, who had been elected to the treasurer position for four years on Nov. 2.
Lara had been county trea-surer until March 31 when she was appointed auditor by District Judge Ed Magre to replace Jeanie Hrozek, who retired on that date.
Commissioners named Acosta, who had been serving as deputy treasurer, to replace Lara in the treasurer role and the two women were sworn in together on April 1.
CONTESTED—That’s where it gets complicated.
By April 1, Lara had already won the Democratic nomination as county treasurer for the upcoming general election.
She elected to remain on the general election ballot, citing uncertainty over whether she would be re-appointed auditor after serving the remainder of Hrozek’s term, which expires Dec. 31.
In the interim Julie Biar, a Republican, filed to oppose Lara in the general election.
Lara won 3,290 to 951.
Magre has now officially reappointed Lara to a full term as county auditor.
County Judge Frank Summers said, by law, the treasurer post now held by Acosta, will be on the ballot in two years.
“After that, it will again become a four-year term,” he said.