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February 12, 2013

Cherokee Co. Commissioners to interview applicants for License & Weight officer

Court reinstated program Jan. 28

RUSK — After meeting in executive session for roughly 24 minutes, members of the Cherokee County Commissioners Court emerged Monday to announce they are going to interview a trio of applicants for the recently-recreated job of License & Weight Program Officer.

Whoever is selected – commissioners did not announce the names of the job candidates – will follow in the footsteps of Earl Dominy, the first person to fill the L&W Officer position, and former Jacksonville Police Officer Ricky Moore, the second and last person before the program was mothballed last year to save money.

A divided commissioners court voted to reinstate the L&W program at the Jan. 28 meeting to monitor the abuse of county roads and track down, weigh and give tickets to truckers exceeding weight limits.

Commissioners also passed a budget amendment for $40,000 to pay for the program.

Initially upon emerging from their Monday meeting's executive session, commissioners didn't believe a motion of any kind was needed to proceed.

"No motions – we're just doing interviews," Precinct 3 Cherokee County Commissioner Katherine W. Pinotti said to audience members.

However, after thinking about it for a short while, commissioners changed their minds and decided that a formal vote probably was needed to push this process forward.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood  made the formal motion to proceed with the interviews, which was seconded by Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton and unanimously passed by the court.

During the Jan. 28 vote, commissioners passed the proposal to bring back the program, but it was a divided, 3-2, vote.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor, who put the item on the agenda for vote; Pinotti; and Underwood all voted for the measure, while Norton and County Judge Chris Davis voted against it.

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