Commissioners to select judge pro tem

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Dec. 31, 2017 at 4:06 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Victoria County Commissioners Court

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During the first meeting of the year, county commissioners are expected to take a number of steps paving the way for government operations in 2018.

Commissioners are planning to discuss topics ranging from how employees are reimbursed for car mileage to selecting a judge pro tem - someone to lead meetings in case Judge Ben Zeller can't make it.

"It's best to have a commissioner pre-selected in case I ever had to miss a meeting unexpectedly," said Zeller.

Selecting a commissioner to serve as judge pro tem was the norm until Zeller was elected in 2014, when he decided to select commissioners to lead meetings on an as-needed basis, he said. But Zeller said he opted this year to allow commissioners to designate someone to serve in that role.

"I think this is the best way to do it," he said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners plan to discuss people selected to serve on the Victoria County Appraisal District's board of directors. Officials from local governments, including the county, school district and city, nominate potential board members and vote on who they think is most qualified.

This year, Councilman Jeff Bauknight, Kevin Janak, Ross Mansker, Bill Russell and Lou Svetlik won the highest number of votes, according to county documents.


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