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.