County selects Wells Precinct 3 constable
Wells, who was sworn in Tuesday (see page 3A) technically replaces Jay Willingham, w ho de fe ate d her, and one other candidate, in the May 29 Republican Primary.
But Willingham declined the office, citing an employment concern.
Wells actually replaces Herbie Vaughan, who has served in the position for the past eight years.
DECLINE— Count y Judge Dave Barkemeyer told commissioners, and a small crowd in the commissioners courtroom, that Willingham had official declined the position and had submitted the following letter:
“This letter is to inform you, with deep regret, that I will be unable to accept the office of Precinct 3 of Milam County, due to unexpected changes with my current employment. Sometimes life throws you a curve.”
Barkemeyer said Wells was qualified for the position and added “I believe it is appropriate for Carol to be considered.”
Commissioner George Tomek seconded the motion, which then passed 5-0 with Commissioners Kenneth Hollas, Dale Jaecks and Jeff Muegge also voting in favor.
Barkemeyer said Vaughan and former Rockdale Police Department Da nic e Beat ha rd a lso expressed interest in the position.
Barkemeyer said the term is for two years, expires Dec. 31, 2014 and will be on the ballot on the 2014 election cycle.
Wells has resided in Rockdale since 2008, is a certified jailer with four years-plus experience at the Milam County Jail and also served in Hutto and Taylor.
The new constable is a 2010 graduate of the Central Texas College Law Enforcement Academy in Killeen.
In other business, commissioners finalized plans for Thorndale Senior Citizen Center meals.
(See county judge’s column, page 5A.)