2015-12-15 / Front Page

County fills elections position

By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer


Mark Bishop 
2009 FILE PHOTO Mark Bishop 2009 FILE PHOTO The Lampasas County Commissioners Court on Monday unanimously ratified the appointment of Lampasas resident Mark Bishop as the county’s new elections administrator.

Bishop was set to begin training today with outgoing Elections Administrator Randy McGuire. Bishop’s first official day as elections administrator will be Jan. 5.

Bishop was one of five applicants for the position, and Human Resources Director Dorothy Person said all five applicants were “very well qualified.”

Ms. Person said it is important for McGuire to train his successor immediately so Bishop will be well prepared to conduct the March 1 primary and the November 2016 presidential election.

“Early voting [for the primary] starts in mid-February, so things need to be moving along,” Ms. Person said. “Things are needing to be carried forward as smoothly as possible into the next election, so a little carryover for training is needed.”

The Commissioners Court set Bishop’s annual salary at $32,000.

In a related matter, County Auditor Chris Munn said the county will be hiring an assistant soon for the elections office. Deputy Elections Administrator Cathy Leons’ last day of work for the county will be Jan. 15, Ms. Person said.

In other business Monday, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved budget amendments for the Lampasas Central Appraisal District. LCAD’s fiscal year will end Dec. 31.

The court also discussed requirements for septic systems -- also called on-site sewage facilities. County officials clarified that lots shall be no smaller than one acre in subdivisions that have on-site sewage facilities and that connect to a public water system.

Also Monday, Precinct 1 Commissioner Robert Vincent announced his precinct road crew will have reduced staffing around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“So, if something major comes up, it may take us a little longer to get it done,” Vincent said.

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