Interview process wanted before water board appointments made

Commissioners will fill three positions on POSGCD board

CAMERON— Milam County commissioners, faced with selecting three members to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation (POSGCD) board, decided Friday on a screening process that includes interviews and public input.

Meeting in special session in the county courthouse, commissioners discussed steps to institute a new procedure for making appointments and County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said the matter will be on the Oct. 15 commissioners court agenda.

In recent months members of the public have asked for a more thorough process in selecting directors—currently the Milam and Burleson county commissioners courts each appoint five members to the 10-person board—with some asking for a change from an appointed to an elected board.

Terms of three Milam County members expire this year: Kerry Starnes, representing municipal interests; Jay Tumlinson, representing agricultural interests; and Jim Hodson, representing industrial interests.

NOMINEES— Barkemeyer said he wanted “rotation” of directors, but wanted input from commissioners, and said city councils have expressed interest in nominating a director for municipal interests.

Barkemeyer said Friday’s meeting was to determine “ how to approach folks for nominations.”

Commissioner Jeff Muegge said applicants need to know what the duties of water district directors are.

Barkemeyer said the county’s five cities could suggest nominees (for the municipal position) to the court, which would then interview them and make its selections.

INTERVIEWS—Barkemeyer suggested companies nominate a candidate for the industrial position in the same manner envisioned for municipalities.

He was asked by Dr. Curtis Chubb, a frequent critic of the POSGCD, to define “industrial.”

Barkemeyer said industrial “is a place that manufactures or produces a product.”

Commissioners also discussed how to fill the agriculture positions, whether individuals should apply or organizations should nominate.

Barkemeyer suggested that nominees submit resumes and qualifications would be published in newspapers and on the county website.

Commissioners reached a consensus that nominees would be interviewed in a special session, with a three-step process.

After interviews, the selection would go to the commissioners.

Commissioners adopted the following guidelines:

• One must represent municipal interests.

• One must be a bona fide agricultural producer who derives a substantial portion of his or her income from agriculture in the county.

• One must represent active industrial interests in the county.

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