Darren Doyle, story and photo
Judge Executive Wil Cannon gave his first “State of the County” address at last night’s fiscal court meeting. He began by noting that 2015 brought in several newly-elected county officials, and that there were several unknowns that faced the county.
County government now has a new judge executive, sheriff, county clerk, county attorney, and two new magistrates, something that could be a potential nightmare to some counties.
“We’re all new here, we’ve almost had a complete turnover in county government,” Cannon said. “But what I can tell, going back to my days as sheriff and before, you’ve finally got a government where everyone’s working together for the good of the county, and there are no disputes.”
Cannon said there had been conflict going back 20 years with the either the sheriff and judge executive, or the county clerk and magistrates, and more. “I don’t know why there were all those problems and disputes, but all that’s gone now, everybody you see up here is working together for the benefit of the county, and that’s a blessing.”
He summarized the major issues that faced fiscal court over the past year, and while he admitted no one was perfect, he was confident that the outcomes of those issues had shown positive results for the county. He started from the beginning of the year with some of county government’s accomplishments: