Six Seek Judicial Commissioner Appointments

August 23, 2013
Dwayne Page
Mark Adams
Hoyte Barrett
Oscar Boyd
McClure Cantrell
Taft Hendrixson
Richard Jennings

The DeKalb County Commission is looking to fill a vacant judicial commissioner position and to add another one during Monday night's regular meeting.

The county currently has two judicial or warrant commissioners. Jerry Taylor holds one of the positions. Tammy Ashburn held the other but she recently resigned. Until that vacancy is filled, Taylor has the responsibilities all to himself except for the services of Rod Higham, who fills in on a part time basis as needed.

Currently, each of the two judicial commissioners is on call for two weeks and is off for two weeks. The positions pay $890 per month.

During Thursday night's "All-Committees" meeting, County Mayor Mike Foster said he would like to create a third judicial commissioner position. "What I'm thinking is, we could have three on call. Rotate weekly. It's going to add $10,000 a year to the operation of the office but they (each judicial commissioner) could work a week and be off two weeks but still be on call in case one of the others got sick," he said.

Since funds are not already budgeted for a third judicial commissioner, Foster said the county commission would have to adopt a budget amendment to pay for it.

Meanwhile members of the county commission Thursday night interviewed six applicants for the positions, Mark Adams, Hoyte Barrett, Oscar Boyd, McClure Cantrell, Taft Hendrixson, and Richard Jennings.

Two of those applicants will likely be appointed by the county commission Monday night, one to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ashburn, and the other to fill the newly created position.

Other issues on the county commission agenda Monday night are as follows:

Budget amendments/Quarterly Reports

Discuss an emergency purchase for addition and improvement to high school football bleachers for the DeKalb County Board of Education per Phone Poll

Discuss a resolution to authorize the issuance of general obligation school improvement bond of DeKalb County resolution for detailed repayment.

Discuss authorization of agreement with DeKalb County Road Supervisor Kenny Edge for the county to purchase oil, etc. for improvement of convenience sites by the Road Department.

Discuss TDOT project status report

Discuss recycling transfer station plans and future plans. Discuss possible agreement with Smithville.

Discuss invitation to bid-Omega roof, gym, completion of surveillance cameras for the county complex

Discuss commission and committee vacancies

Any other business properly presented


The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

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