Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 2, 2013

Time to get to work

Pct. 1 commish ready to tackle new challenge

Rich Flowers
Athens Daily Review

Athens — Scotty Thomas began his term as Henderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Tuesday after he was administered the oath of office at the Henderson County Courthouse Annex.

County Judge Richard Sanders administered the oath of office to the Cross Roads resident who replaces Joe Hall, who served three  terms. Thomas will occupy Hall’s old seat at the left of other members of the Commissioners Court when the first meeting of 2013 is held on January 8.

“I’m honored and excited about getting in the office after a year-and-a-half of campaigning,” Thomas said. “I’m humbled to be in this position.”

Thomas was first among four Republican candidates in the primary election last May. He followed that with a runoff win over Ken Hayes and a victory in the general election in November against Democrat David McGlaun.

Now that he’s in office, Thomas will be learning about the position while on the job.

“I’ve got a lot of evaluating to do,” Thomas said. “I’m not going to make any rash decisions. It’s going to take me a little time. I’ve got a lot to learn.”

Thomas, who served two terms on the Cross Roads Independent School District board of trustees,  is the son of former Morris County Commissioner Cecil Thomas.

The following Henderson County officials were re-elected in 2012 and began new terms this month:

3rd District Court Judge — Mark Calhoon

392nd District Court Judge — Carter Tarrance

District Attorney — Scott McKee

County Attorney — Clint Davis

Sheriff — Ray Nutt

Tax Assessor/Collector — Milburn Chaney

Pct. 1 Constable — Daryl Graham

Pct. 2 Constable — Norman Terry

Pct. 3 Constable — David Grubbs

Pct. 4 Constable — Rick Stewart

Precinct 5 Constable - Brad Miers