Nominating process concludes for POSGCD directors
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

Deadline for submit ting resumes for consideration for appointment to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors has passed, and a total of 10 citizens have submitted their names for consideration.

Milam County municipalities submitted three candidates for municipal representative.

The Rockdale City Council proposed Kerry Starnes for reappointment. He has served on the Board since its inception, lives in Rockdale, and is co-owner of Miller Starnes Chevrolet-Buick.

Both Cameron and Milano City Councils submitted Steven Wise for consideration. He is an executive vice president at Citizens National Bank in Cameron and lives in the Liberty community.

Thorndale City Council submitted Allen Hejl. He lives in Thorndale and is retired following a career at Luminant, Motorola, and Invensys.

Buckholts City Council chose not to submit a candidate.

Three names were submitted for consideration as the industrial representative. Alcoa submitted Jim Hodson for reappointment. He has served on the board since its inception, is Public Affairs and Safety Manager for Alcoa and lives on CR 303.

Luminant Power submitted Brad Masek. He is the Maintenance Support Manager for Luminant and resides in Rockdale.

Sidney Youngblood also submitted a resume for consideration as an industrial representative on behalf of the agricultural industry. He lives on CR 227 near Cameron and is a rancher as well as having been an industrial sales representative.

Four citizens submitted their resumes for consideration for appointment as the agricultural representative to the board.

They are Kathy Johnston who lives on CR 364 near Milano; Ann Stanislaw who lives in Cameron; Durwood Tucker who lives on CR 446 near Thorndale, and Jay Tumlinson who lives on CR 219 near Cameron. Jay has been the agricultural representative since its inception and is seeking reappointment to the Board. All are currently involved in ranching operations in the county.

The members of the Commissioner’s Court have agreed to interview all of the candidates and will be conducting the interviews in public meeting format this coming week. If we complete all the interviews as planned, we’ll make the appointments at the regular Commissioner’s Court meeting on Monday Nov. 25. They will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2014. We have agreed not to discuss our preferences after the interviews. At the Nov. 25 meeting, I will call for nominations for each board position separately (municipal, industrial, and agricultural) and the five of us will vote our preferences independently. The nominee receiving the most votes from the court (with a majority being required) will be the next appointee for each board position.

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