2013-01-01 / Front Page

Lampasas native Chris Munn named county auditor

By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer


Chris Munn Chris Munn Chris Munn has been hoping to move back to his native Lampasas eventually.

His new role as county auditor may prompt him to accelerate his plans a bit.

Retiring 27th District Court Judge Joe Carroll announced the auditor’s appointment in a public hearing Thursday, one of Carroll’s last days in office.

Also in attendance at the meeting was John Gauntt, whose term as district court judge begins today.

County auditor appointments and reappointments are the responsibility of the district judge.

Munn succeeds longtime County Auditor Jack Clark, who Munn and Carroll said will help the new official during his transition.

“I want to thank Jack Clark for his years of dedicated service,” Carroll said.

Carroll and Gauntt, who interviewed three finalists for the position, said all applicants for the post were well qualified. Munn’s experience and local ties, they said, made him the best candidate.

“I think he has a really good, vested interest in seeing this community be all it can be,” Gauntt said.

Carroll said Munn impressed him with his strong interest in the position, as well as with his mix of experience in the Navy, state government offices and private practice.

“Whoever’s going to be the county auditor has to know a little bit about everything,” Carroll said.

The new official – a Leander resident – is a certified public accountant whose firm, John R.C. Munn, CPA, is based in Round Rock.

He graduated from Lampasas High School in 1972 and spent six years in the Navy before enrolling at The University of Texas in 1980. After earning an accounting degree in 1984, Munn worked about five years at the state attorney general’s office, where he met his wife, Pam.

He then spent about 10 years at the state auditor’s office in Austin before working for Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp., a public nonprofit. Munn entered private practice in 2001.

Although county auditors are not required to live in the county where they are appointed, Munn said he and his wife have been hoping to move to Lampasas when she retires. The recent opening appealed to Munn, he said, because it may give the couple -- who have a son in college and a daughter in high school -- an opportunity to resettle sooner than they had anticipated.

Munn, whose term begins today, will attend the Lampasas County Commissioners Court’s two regular meetings each month. As he adjusts to his new role, he also plans to work half days in the county auditor’s office, which is in the new county annex building on Pecan Street.

“I’ve gotten to meet the staff, and they are four very friendly and experienced ladies that have a lot of time and tenure in the county auditor’s office,” Munn said.

While Munn said it will take some time to learn the nuances of county business, he said his experience with state government auditing should help.

“When you think about government, at least from a financial standpoint, they’re all pretty similar,” he said.

“I think I can bring a lot to this office, and I always love being in Lampasas,” he added.

At the recent appointment hearing, Munn thanked his family, county staff and elected officials, as well as judges Carroll and Gauntt. The new auditor told local officials he appreciates their support, and he said he will be available by cell phone or text message if he is not in Lampasas County.

“I hope to do a good job for you,” he told officials. “I will make myself available if you have questions or concerns about anything.”

Munn has reviewed the county budget and said he hopes meetings with County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse and the county commissioners will familiarize him further with Lampasas-area issues.

“The people that have their fingers on the pulse of this county are the ones who can give me the best information for making decisions,” he said.

Munn said he looks forward to his new duties.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Lampasas County,” he said.

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