Treasurer Smith

Karin Smith

Henderson County Treasurer Karin Smith told Commissioners Court Tuesday that she has resigned her position and has accepted an appointment as first assistant to County Auditor Ann Marie Lee.

Smith will leave office Feb. 21 to reassume the position she held for six years before her election to the treasurer’s post. She won election to her current term in 2006.

“I will continue to serve the people of Henderson County, just in a different position,” Smith said. “I’ve enjoyed my six years as county treasurer.”

Smith said the auditor’s office position was attractive because it offered higher pay and did not require her to run for office. Smith would have had to campaign for re-election in 2010 had she maintained the treasurer’s position.

County Judge David Holstein said he was informed last week of Smith’s decision to resign.

County Attorney Clint Davis said state law has no provision for appointing a temporary or interim treasurer. Commissioners only choice is to choose someone to fill the position until the end of Smith’s current term.

State law prohibits the county from paying any bills or dispensing any funds without a treasurer in office.

Commissioners moved quickly to start the process of choosing a replacement. The county will accept resumes until 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Interviews will be conducted Tuesday Feb. 24 and the new treasurer will be appointed Wednesday Feb. 26.

In other action Commissioners:

• proclaimed March 2 as Texas Independence Day in Henderson County;

• proclaimed Feb. 22 through Feb. 28 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Henderson County;

• appointed Jana Smith to another term on the Child Welfare Board;

• amended the 2007 Homeland Security Grant for the sheriff’s department to purchase 23 digital video cameras;

• approved a request by ABL Food Service to increase the rates for inmate meals from $1.02 to $1.18 per meal.

• paid bills for 2008 in the amount of $11,113.32 and

• paid 2009 bills in the amount of $340,009.48.

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