Joyce Dean

Joyce Dean

Administrative services director Joyce Dean plans to retire at the end of the month after an almost 25-year long career with the county.

During a meeting Monday, commissioners thanked Dean for her work at the county, which included overseeing roughly 600 employees. Some commissioners said her resignation came as a shock.

“In my short time here in four years, Joyce has been an incredible help to me,” said County Judge Ben Zeller.

Dean, meanwhile, fought back tears as she said she planned to retire to spend more time spoiling her seven grandchildren.

“It has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve each one of you,” Dean said.

Dean’s resignation comes after late last year, when she was arrested for theft by a public service and was accused of using her position to benefit her son. Those charges came five years after a Texas Rangers investigation was presented to Stephen Tyler, the former Victoria County prosecutor. At the time, Tyler declined to prosecute the case.

Then in late December, Dean was arrested by sheriff’s deputies. Roughly a week later, the case was dismissed when the judge said there wasn’t enough evidence.

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Marina reports on local government for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6511.

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