The Commissioners Court of Sutton County convened on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for a special meeting.

Following a prayer offered by Judge Smith, the commissioners moved into discussion of agenda items.

The commissioners discussed in great detail the Senate Bill 234 and House Bill 749; ultimately they voted unanimously to oppose the bill, which is aimed at preventing counties from using county funds to join and support nonprofit county associations that fund communications with county officials and legislatures.

Sutton County officials are members of TAC. The TAC website explains the services offered as “The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) is the representative voice for all Texas counties and county officials and, through TAC, counties communicate the county perspective to state officials and the general public. Understanding the way county government works and the value of county services helps state leaders preserve counties’ ability to serve their residents effectively.” According to District Attorney English, who is also a member of TAC, this bill will not be beneficial to the county.

Judge Smith explained “ This (bill) is an effort to silence county officials”. It was also noted that Senator Charles Perry who represents Sutton County voted in favor of this bill.

The Devil’s River News reached out to his office in San Angelo on Tuesday and received the following statement from Senator Charles Perry: “My office and I are in contact with local officials on a daily basis. In addition, I have an open door policy with local officials at all times and I often file legislation at their request. No bill will ever prevent them from sharing their viewpoints with me or coming before a committee and testifying for or against legislation. SB 234 is about preventing tax dollars from being used to hire registered lobbyists who may advocate against the best interests of the taxpayers.”

Wendy Geaslin, Community Supervision Officer delivered her report covering December, January and February.
Geaslin also reported that as of now her office remains closed to face to face interaction; however it seems that it may reopen in May or June of this year.

The commissioners handled several other addenda items before adjourning to include approval of the accounts payable report, ratifying an overtime resolution and approval of the border prosecution unit resolution as presented by District Attorney English.

In attendance were Judge Steve Smith and Commissioners Carl Teaff, Bob Brockman, Lee Bloodworth and Fred Perez.

The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners Court will be on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the Sutton County Annex building.