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February 15, 2013

Retired Texas DPS veteran to receive job offer to be license & weight officer

RUSK — Following interviews and deliberations that took roughly an hour and a half, Cherokee Commissioners on Thursday unanimously decided to offer law enforcement veteran Terry Wayne Roach the opportunity to become the county's newest License & Weight Officer.

If he accepts the job, Roach, 62,  will be charged with monitoring the abuse of county roads and tracking down, weighing and dispatching tickets to truckers exceeding weight limits.

Commissioners decided at the special Thursday meeting to contact Roach before the end of the day and extend the job offer. They had already passed  a budget amendment for $40,000 to pay for the program.

Roach, a retired officer from the Texas Department of Public Safety was nearly killed on Oct. 23, 1996, while conducting a traffic stop in the 1000 block of N. Jackson.

At the time, both Trooper Roach’s patrol unit and a person he pulled over were stopped on the shoulder of N. Jackson.

According to reports, Roach’s patrol unit had its overhead emergency lights activated and it was positioned behind the violator’s vehicle.  

Roach had made his initial contact with the violator and obtained his driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.

When Roach was in the process of returning to his patrol unit another vehicle, without warning and traveling in the same direction as Roach, struck the rear of  his patrol unit, causing it to collide with the other vehicle.

A severely injured Roach was taken from the scene in a Life Flight helicopter. At the time it was believed he would not survive the accident.

But he did.

And on Thursday he was interviewed in executive session along with two other applicants by Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor,  Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine W. Pinotti, Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood, and County Judge Chris Davis.

Precinct 2 Comm-issioner Steven Norton was absent from the meeting.

If he accepts this job, Roach will follow Earl Dominy, the first person to fill the L&W Officer position, and former Jackso-nville Police Officer Ricky Moore, the second and last person before the program was scuttled last year to save money.

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