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November 13, 2012

Interviews to begin for JP position

ATHENS — Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders said interviews will begin soon to choose a replacement for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Henry Ashford, who died last month.

Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting Thursday at 9 a.m. to fill out the unexpired term that runs through Dec. 31, 2014. The county began accepting applications for the position Oct. 30. Sanders said about 15 individuals have filed to serve as interim.

Ashford served as JP from 2002, until his death. Prior to his time in office, Bill Burton held the seat.

The county also approved a contract between Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Dale Blaylock and the Perdue law firm for collection of delinquent misdemeanor fines and court costs.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said the contract with Perdue is much like the one approved Nov. 6 with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson of San Antonio for collections of fees and fines owed county courts. The company will provide the service for 30 percent of the amount owed by the defendant, which will be added to the original charge.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence said he liked the idea of two firms handling collection for different county departments, because it will give Commissioners a chance to compare the quality of their efforts.

Commissioners made appointments to two boards during the meeting. The court decided to reappoint Allen Terrell, Larry Dunn and Joe Burgamy to the board for Henderson County Emergency Services District 3 to new terms that begin Jan. 1, 2013. The district includes the southeast corner of the county, and includes the New York, LaRue and Poynor areas.

Commissioners chose Roger White to serve an unexpired term on the board at ESD 2. The ESD serves the Payne Springs area.

Commissioners also authorized payment of regular bills in the amount of $128,028.52.

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