County Commissioners Vote Themselves And Other Elected Officials A Raise

Posted in Commissioners Court, Williamson County at 2:43 pm by wcnews

Via the CI, WilCo elected officials get salary increases.

Elected officials will receive a pay increase for the 2014–15 fiscal year following a vote from the Williamson County Commissioners Court on July 1.

Commissioners voted for a 3 percent increase for county judge, commissioners, treasurer, sheriff and constables; a 4 percent increase for county clerk, district clerk, tax assessor and justices of the peace; and a $10,000 increase for county attorney.

Several officials spoke out in favor of increasing county employee salaries.

It’s good to be king.


Thoughts On The GOP Runoffs for Lt. Gov and AG

Posted in 2010 Primary, Around The Nation, Around The State, Commentary, Commissioners Court at 12:19 pm by wcnews

As I’ve been keeping an eye on the GOP race for Lt. Gov., there’s one thing that keeps coming to mind.  What is the attack that David Dewhurst can make on Dan Patrick that will make a significant amount of wing nuts change their minds and vote for him?  Because it doesn’t seem that what he’s doing so far is moving voters.  I could be wrong, obviously I don’t have my finger on the pulse of wing nuts, but the attacks don’t seem to be working thus far.

A campaign, the rest of the way, that’s based on the candidates calling each other liars, and essentially agreeing on the issues is bad news for Dewhurst.  Obviously I’d prefer Leticia Van de Putte be on the dais when The Lege convenes in 2015.  Dewhurst has been there way too long, and Patrick is an extremist.  I’d like to see them both lose, but the sooner Patrick no longer holds elected office in Texas the better off we all will be.

In the Lt. Gov race and the race for Attorney General, what used to be the GOP establishment in Texas is rallying behind Dewhurst. as well as Dan Branch against Ken Paxton.  Paxton, who got the most votes in the March Primary, has had some ethical lapses crop up since then.  Also both Dewhurst and Branch have received the endorsement of their former rivals in the primary.  Democrat Sam Houston is the better choice for AG, no matter who wins this GOP runoff.

Expect the ads to start coming fast over the next couple of weeks.  Patrick and Paxton just received an influx of right wing dark money.  Both these match ups are candidates that used to be considered moderate Republicans, and sure things, against two extreme candidates, who would have been certain losers in a GOP statewide race.  This just shows how far to the right the GOP has moved in Texas.



Democrats Pressure County To Settle Lawsuit

Posted in Commissioners Court, Williamson County at 9:21 am by wcnews

A group of Williamson County Democrats showed up at the county courthouse on Tuesday to make their case, again, that the Commissioners Court settle a lawsuit.

In what they categorized as a legal and ethical matter rather than a political one, a group of about 25 Williamson County Democratic Party loyalists gathered on the east steps of the county courthouse Friday to condemn Williamson County Commissioners for their hiring practices in the Robert Lloyd constable application case.


“These questions violated all our freedoms by an obvious effort to create government that enforces a predetermined religion or political belief in Williamson County,” said Tom Mowdy, a Democrat candidate for the Precinct 4 seat currently occupied by Republican Ron Morrison.

“These questions were obviously deliberate and purposeful acts designed to eliminate job applicants who expressed religious and political beliefs that the Commissioners did not share,” Mowdy added.

“We are calling on the Commissioners Court of Williamson County to cease and desist their illegal hiring practices and their unethical treatment of job applicants,” rally organizers said in a press release provided to the Taylor Press. The group said they are also asking for commissioners to “apologize for discriminatory hiring practices.”


Protesters said they were demanding that Williamson County settle out of court, which they said will be much less costly than letting the case proceed through the courts — particularly since two other individuals have now joined the suit.

“Williamson County citizens have been saddled with the highest per capita debt in Texas, and this case will cause our citizens to pay even more for their freedom,” Mowdy told supporters.

Mike Custer, another veteran, who is running for Williamson County Judge as a Democrat, told supporters that monetary compensation is not a primary objective in the lawsuit.

“This is not about money, it’s about doing the right thing,” said Custer. “The plaintiffs are asking for commissioners to receive human resources training (and) to have the county’s human resource director present in hiring interviews. It’s about protecting everyone’s civil rights”, Custer said. He added compensation for the plaintiffs’ legal fees is also being sought.

The commissioners are being sued for civil rights violations, Former constable candidate sues Williamson County commissioners.

Williamson County commissioners and the Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis are being sued for civil rights violations by a former candidate for an open constable position.Robert Lloyd, a 27-year law enforcement veteran said he was asked about his views on abortion, gay marriage, religion, and who he voted for in the last electionduring an interview.

Such questions are illegal.

But that didn’t stop Williamson County commissioners from asking those very questions when they were interviewing candidates for the Precinct 3 constable vacancy.  And now, one of those candidates is suing them for violating his constitutional rights.

This has been one of the few responses to this lawsuit from an elected official.

When asked about the interview questions in May, Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said those rules don’t apply in this situation.

“In general, this is a process that is different than a normal employment interview because it is an elected position,” Covey said.

When KXAN first reported this story in May, Covey was the only person on the commissioners court to agree to an on-camera interview.

“We wanted to make sure the candidate could not only do the job as constable, but also handle the rigor of political life,” Covey said.

This is another instance of the commissioners in Williamson County going too far because they have no check on their power, one party government.   There was no need for commissioners to do this. They can easily tell whether someone is a partisan by their primary voting history, which is public record.  The main issue for a job like this should be whether someone has the qualifications for the job.  Unless, of course, all they care about is whether someone is an absolute party hack.


Controversy Continues With Precinct 3 Constable Hiring

Posted in Commissioners Court, County Judge, Precinct 3, Williamson County at 1:40 pm by wcnews

From KXAN, Commissioners’ diligence questioned in appointing Stofle constable.

“I don’t remember exactly, [we talked about] probably just his version, but I also know it was followed up with witnesses and so forth,” Gattis said. “I think if I got a report from an individual and backed up from other people who were involved in that, I don’t know that reading a document would have been any different.”

Judge Gattis also told KXAN he was unsure if he ever read a second document that might have also proven valuable in helping decide if Stofle, a long-time Georgetown Police officer, was the most qualified person for the constable job. The 2009 survey from a state police association paints an unflattering picture of the Georgetown department’s leadership at the time when Stofle was assistant chief.

Gattis did say Stofle brought up both issues with him and the four County Commissioners during the job interview, and they were thoroughly discussed. The panel unanimously appointed him to the Precinct Three post in March 2013. Stofle has held the Constable job for 10 months, essentially in an interim role. He is running in the upcoming Republican primary hoping to win voters’ approval to make the job his by electoral process.

It looks like Stofle – who was then the Asst. Chief of Police in Georgetown – didn’t want his neighbor, who was likely driving drunk with her 7 year old child, being charged with DWI after leaving his wife’s birthday party. Although he denies it. It comes down to his word, over that of the DPS officer in the report. The commissioners obviously took him at this word. Maybe acting like your above the law isn’t a disqualifier for the job. As long as you’re in the right political party and have the right stands on the issues.

Read the DPS report here.


Williamson County news items

Posted in Commissioners Court, Good Stuff, Taxes, The Budget, Williamson County at 9:27 am by wcnews

Via THN, Freedom rings in WilCo, (click the link to see more pictures).

As civil rights organizations and leaders marched on Aug. 24 from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., a “Let Freedom Ring” rally took place on the south steps of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown in commemoration of the 1963 march that was a key moment in the struggle for civil rights in the United States.

About 200 residents from various cities in Williamson County, including Hutto and Taylor, attended the event that focused on social equality and service to one’s community.

The rally included several inspirational hymns such as ‘We Shall Overcome,’ a touching reading of the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech by Taylor Rev. Wendell Hosey and closing remarks by Jose Orta, one of the event organizers, NAACP and LULUC representative and Taylor resident.

Orta, Hosey and others who spoke at the event reminded Williamson County residents that there is still work to be done in order to continue the fight for jobs, justice and freedom.

The WCCC moved forward with the budget on Tuesday, Williamson County adopts $236M budget.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday adopted a $236 million budget that calls for hiring 14 new staffers, distributing up to $1.9 million in merit-based civilian-employee raises of up to 4 percent and purchasing 22 new EKG machines for county ambulances.

Additionally, about 200 law enforcement personnel will receive raises averaging $10,000 to $20,000, based on a recent salary study a private agency conducted for the county.

The fiscal year 2014 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, is about 11 percent more than the $216 million budget commissioners adopted last year at this time. Population growth and the staffing needs that go along with it are driving the increase, Williamson County Budget Officer Ashlie Koenig said.

“For the last few years with the downturn in the economy the court has been very conscientious of taxpayer dollars,” she said. “I think they recognized the needs but the funding wasn’t there. This was the year to come back and look at those items that had been on the back-burner.”

The tax rate is still not settled. There are two public hearings coming up on the budgtet.

Commissioners on Tuesday delayed adopting a tax rate. County Judge Dan Gattis said he favors setting the tax rate at the “effective rate” of 48.1 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The effective tax rate is the rate that would raise the same amount of money in the year ahead, as was raised in the year that’s ending, taking new property values into account. When property values go up — as they have — the effective rate comes in at a figure lower than the actual rate for the current year. This year’s county tax rate is 48.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Because of those higher property values, Gattis said adoption of the 48.1 cent effective rate would raise county taxes by $21 for the average homeowner.

However, the other four members of the Commissioners Court favor setting the tax rate at the current rate, citing increased county spending.

Koenig said setting the tax rate at the effective rate would require taking $3.8 million from the county’s reserve fund, which is like a saving account. Assistant County Auditor Julie Kiley said the county anticipates having $73.8 million in reserves when the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

Leaving the tax rate at the current rate — which is what a majority of the Commissioner Court intends to do — will only require drawing $1.3 million from reserves in order to balance the budget, Koenig said.

However, since commissioners intend to set the tax rate at a rate higher than the effective rate, the county must hold a pair of public hearings Sept. 10 and 17 at the county courthouse in downtown Georgetown. Both hearings are scheduled for 10 a.m.

It would be much more fair and open if the commissioners would have one meeting in the evening.  That way working people in Williamson County could have a chance to attend one of the public hearings.


$315 million bond proposed, raises for deputies approved

Posted in Commissioners Court, Road Issues, Williamson County at 10:17 am by wcnews

The local Chamber of Commerce news has the details, WilCo commissioners call for $315 million November bond election.

Williamson County voters will get their say this November on a $315 million bond package that includes two propositions. The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved the ballot language Aug. 20 for the Nov. 5 bond election.

The court’s bond attorney Carol Palumbo presented a draft and final ballot wording, and commissioners approved two separate propositions it contained.

The first proposition, approved by commissioners unanimously, includes $275 million for road projects. Specific road improvement or construction projects submitted by the commissioners for each precinct were included, and the language allows for bond funds to be used on unspecified road projects.

The second proposition includes $40 million for parks projects, including money to build an events center in Taylor.

Commissioner’s Lisa Birkman and Valerie Covey, voted agains Proposition 2 – for parks and an expo center.

Commissioners voted 3-2 with Lisa Birkman and Valerie Covey voting against the proposition.
“I’m voting against it because I think it’s too much money, and I think the expo center should be a separate item,” Birkman said.

In a bond workshop on Aug. 8, Birkman abstained from approving the $40 million parks bond proposal because she said she was unsure residents in her precinct, where the parks are largely built out, would use the trail and park improvements in other precincts.

Covey echoed Birkman’s concern about the events center being included with parks improvements.

“I’m voting no because I wanted it to be three propositions instead of two,” she said. “I’m fearful [that] because of [including expenses to build the expo center], we could lose the entire bond election.”

Birkaman’s argument seems selfish. Her constituents already have parks – that all county taxpayers paid for – and she doesn’t want to return the favor. Besides, that’s what elections are for and if she wants to rally her constituents against Prop 2 then so be it. Covey’s argument seems to be against the expo center. There are few, if any specifics, regarding the expo center other then the $10 million price tag, and that it will be located in Taylor.  As the article says go to the Bond Advisory Committee page to get more detailed information.

KEYE has the scoop Williamson County deputies getting a raise.

A deputy shortage was making safety an increasing challenge in Williamson County. Now there may be a solution.

Tuesday morning county employees heard what they wanted to hear from the Williamson County Commissioners Court.

“Motion carries 5-0,” declared County Judge Dan Gattis. The motion was for a salary increase. Deputies will get 70 percent of a recommended salary increase. They will get the remaining 30 percent next year.

It’s a change that should help resolve a longstanding problem.


It’s a budget Deputy Association President Scott Mount says means more deputies and safer streets. “The action that they took today sets the tone for our continued growth,” he says.

Good for the deputies.


Commissioners vote themselves a raise, taxes likely to rise

Posted in Commissioners Court, Williamson County at 1:54 pm by wcnews

Via the Chamber of Commerce news, WilCo commissioners approve raises for elected officials.

Williamson County Commissioners approved pay raises for elected officials, district judges and county court at law judges at their July 30 meeting.

In all, the raises call for an extra $62,514.90 in the county’s 2013–14 fiscal year budget.

The court approved a 5 percent raise for constables and justices of the peace and a 4 percent raise for all elected officials, including the county judge and commissioners.

County Judge Dan Gattis originally sought a 2 percent raise for his position, but Commissioner Ron Morrison requested the county judge receive the same raise percentage rate as the rest of the court.

“I want the judge to take the same heat we do,” Morrison said.

Each commissioner will receive a salary increase of $3,369.47 per year, raising their yearly income to $89,508, according to a Williamson County public notice. The county judge’s salary would increase by $4,227.81, creating a yearly income of $109,923.12 per year, including $4,800 earned for serving on the Juvenile Board.

It’s so rare that we hear from Ron Morrison. It’s good to hear him speak up, even if it is just for his own self-interest.

The commissioners appear to be planning to raise taxes as well, Williamson County mulls tax increase.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court is contemplating a $230 million budget for fiscal year 2014 and a tax rate that could raise county taxes by about $21 for the average homeowner.

But County Judge Dan Gattis said figures can and probably will change between now and the scheduled Aug. 27 budget and tax rate adoption. The county’s new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

Gattis said commissioners have a lot of work to do between now and the budget deadline.

“There are so many things that we consider that affect the lives of so many people in this county and the well-being of our citizens,” Gattis said.

For the current year, Williamson County government operates with a $126 million budget, funded by a tax rate of 48.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Gattis said the tax-increase projection of $21 is based on two criteria: adoption of the effective tax rate and an average home’s taxable value of $187,747. The effective tax rate is the rate which would produce the same amount of revenue as was generated the previous year, while taking new — and in this case, higher — property values into account.

The proposed budget calls for spending about $141 million on day-to-day operating expenses, otherwise known as the general fund. Payments on debt, usually incurred in the form of voter-approved bonds, take up $69 million of what’s currently on the table.

It’s not a finished product. The final vote on the budget is on August 27th.


Religious test for constable applicants in Williamson County

Posted in Bad Government Republicans, Commissioners Court, Williamson County at 9:02 am by wcnews

Interview questions spark criticism, possible legal action

This is a pretty damming report, Interview questions spark criticism, possible legal action. Here are a few excerpts:

When applying for work, jobseekers generally aren’t aren’t asked about their political, religious, or moral beliefs.

In most cases employers know they can’t ask those sorts of questions under the U.S. Constitution and equal employment opportunity rules. But Williamson County commissioners don’t believe those rules applied when they appointed a new constable.

After Williamson County Precinct 3 Constable Bobby Gutierrez retired, commissioners had to appoint a new constable. They interviewed five candidates. And the questions they asked those candidates during the interviews raised eyebrows.

“Was I for gay marriage or against gay marriage?” former candidate Robert Lloyd said he was asked. “The next question was, what was my thoughts on abortion? Was I pro-life or pro-choice?”

“I knew the question was coming about church because in the realm of the questions that were being asked,” Lloyd continued.

Lloyd has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience. He was one of five candidates interviewed for the constable post which pays a taxpayer funded salary of $71,785 a year.

Other candidates have also confirmed to KXAN they were asked about their religion, their stance on abortion and their views on gay marriage. But the Williamson County Commissioners don’t see anything wrong with it.

“In general, this is a process that is different than a normal employment interview, because it is an elected position,” said County Commissioner Valerie Covey.


The decision on who got the job was made solely by the four commissioners and County Judge Dan Gattis.

Critics say the law is clear: Questions about religion, abortion, and gay marriage during job interviews are off limits.

“There’s no semantical dance out of this one,” said Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project. “You can’t ask religious questions. You can’t ask associational questions. The only questions you can ask are job-related, specific questions.”

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is clear and so is the Texas Constitution.

Article 1 of the Texas Bill of Rights states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State”

And the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the EEOC rules state “An employer may not base hiring decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or genetic information.”

“We’ve crossed this bridge decades and decades ago, you know, that we don’t do this type of discrimination,” said Harrington. “This is really gross malfeasance with respect to the taxpayers money.”

“They don’t understand why they were asked, how it pertained to the job at all. They’re not happy about it,” said former constable candidate Barry Simmons.

Simmons has nearly three decades of law enforcement experience, including many years in the Precinct 3 Constables Office.  In the last election he received more than 48 percent of the primary vote.  But he didn’t get an interview when the commissioners were seeking a replacement for Gutierrez.  Simmons says he plans to run again in the next election.


After asking about gay marriage, abortion and religion, commissioners unanimously appointed Kevin Stofle, a former assistant chief with the Georgetown Police Department.

Stofle does have decades of law enforcement experience, but he also has family ties to the commissioners court. His brother-in-law, Hal Hawes is the commissioners’ attorney. Hawes’ wife is still registered as the creator of the website www.kevinstofle.com.

But Commissioner Covey says that had nothing to do with the decision to appoint Stofle.

“Mr. Hawes was not involved in the process at all,” said Covey.


“We made several attempts to contact all Williamson County Commissioners to find out how questions on gay marriage, abortion, and religion could possibly have anything to do law enforcement experience and qualifications for being a constable. All but Valerie Covery said they were too busy to go on camera. But a couple of them did weigh in via emails.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long said the constable was appointed through a statutory process

that is political by nature. And she said that because the constable is normally an elected position, to not include those types of questions would have been naive.

Judge Dan Gattis said in an email that a variety of questions were asked that were relevant to someone being appointed as an elected official.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman said she was in meetings and a workshop for the week and too busy to respond.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Morrison and Constable Stofle did not return calls or emails.

Don’t we take issue with foreign governments do stuff like this?  It’s as if the commissioners think that since a member of the GOP resigned they must find one for the job.  And therefore party platform type questions are warranted.  But they’re not.  If candidates were excluded because of their answers to those questions, and not their qualifications for the job – and there may be no way to get the truth about that, since the decision was made in “executive session” – then that’s against the law.

A couple of points are easy to see. This is not being denied, so it happened, and they don’t seem to mind that they violated the constitution or employment law.  It’s looks bad that almost all of them don’t want to talk about it.  And they don’t think they did anything wrong.  Also, obviously constables do not legislate and will never have to vote on matters of marriage, abortion, or religion.  A constable is a “public servant”.  A servant of all the people and not a servant of the “right” kind of people.

But this is the same old story that’s been going on in Williamson County for some time.  When everyone in the county government is of the same religion party, it makes it very insular and secretive.  It certainly looks like they wanted to hire someone who was very much like them – not an outsider.  And the only way to do that was to ask those kinds of questions.  Not to mention the questions of conflict of interest.

This is the kind of government the voters of Williamson County continue to support on election day.  It’s frustrating as hell, but it will continue until more people who believe a government like this is wrong start showing up to vote and elect some different people.


County Items – budget and bond committee

Posted in Commissioners Court, Taxes, The Budget, Williamson County at 9:03 am by wcnews

The Williamson County Commissioners Court (WCCC) is beginning their discussion of next year’s budget. The big issues are, as always, stting the county property tax rate, county employee salaries and benefits, and more spending for a rapidly growing county. Via the RRL, County starting budget process.

Williamson County’s plans for a potential November bond election won’t affect this year’s budgeting process – which is now starting – Budget Officer Ashlie Blaylock said this week.

However, an ongoing salary and compensation study could figure into the equation, with county officials potentially granting raises based on the outcome.


For the current year, salaries and benefits account for about 63 percent of the general fund. Also included in that is raises the Commissioners Court approved last summer: $2.1 million for non-law enforcement personnel and $56,759 (3-percent raises) for the county’s 19 elected officials.

Additionally, $18.6 million went to the road-and-bridge maintenance fund.

The final budget component is the $68.2 million currently dedicated for debt service. That consists of payments made on large construction projects – such as roads and buildings – that have usually been approved by voters during bond elections.

The current budget is funded by a tax rate of 48.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The “average” homeowner – one who has a home with a taxable value of $180,870 – paid $891 in county taxes for the current year.

As always, population growth will remain a driving factor in the budget process, county officials say.

EMS Director Kenny Schnell told commissioners last August: “We’ve seen a 50-perent increase in call volume during the last 10 to 12 years.”

The county’s population almost doubled during that same time frame.

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, Williamson County’s population increased from about 250,000 to approximately 422,000, between 2000 and 2010.

According to the most-recent Census figures available, the county’s 2012 population was estimated at more than 456,000.

Because of that growth, last year commissioners approved hiring three new 911 dispatchers and three new EMS paramedics.

“We’ll probably have to add more EMS [personnel] next year, too,” County Judge Dan Gattis predicted last summer.

Also tomorrow, April 10th, is the first meeting of the county Bond Committee. They are tasked with coming up with a proposal for the WCCC, that can be on the ballot in November.

The first public meeting of the committee will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m., at the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown, in the Commissioners Courtroom. To view the agenda, click here.

This is your money, so pay attention. Their certainly are some needs around the county, especially one that’s growing as fast as Williamson. Interest rates are still very low, and it’s a good time to borrow, but we still must make sure that it’s for needed items and not frivolous give-aways to politically connected contractors.


Commissioners appoint bond committee and new Precinct 3 Constable

Posted in Commissioners Court, Elections, Williamson County at 11:29 am by wcnews

The commissioners court appointed nine committee members to propose and November bond election, County appoints bond-study committee.

Casting an eye toward growth, and the infrastructure challenges it brings, the Williamson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday appointed a nine-member bond study committee.

The committee, to be led by Round Rock bank executive Landy Warren, is charged with making big-ticket spending recommendations, especially those relating to roads and parks countywide.

The committee is to host a series of meetings, in all four county precincts, gleaning information from private citizens as well as elected officials and city managers. Commissioners anticipate receiving recommendations in late summer and then calling a November bond election.


Each of the four commissioners made two appointments to the committee and Gattis appointed Warren – an R Bank executive – as its chairman.

“It’s well known people are moving here from throughout Texas, people are moving here from throughout the United States, people are moving here from throughout the world,” Warren told commissioners. “We couldn’t stop it if we wanted to. A responsible bond package is needed from time to time.”

Other bond committee members are as follows:

• Will Peckham of Round Rock, chief executive officer for Round Rock Travel and Tours

• Donna Parker of Round Rock, certified financial planner

• Cobby Caputo of Cedar Park, attorney

• Steve Berry of Leander, owner of two Christian Brothers Automotive locations

• Dr. Robert Glandt of Georgetown, retired dentist

• Hugh Brown of Georgetown, chief executive officer for St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

• Mario Perez of Hutto, owner of Mario’s Mexican Restaurant

• Keith Hagler of Taylor, owner of several businesses in Taylor

Most are extremely reliable GOP voters and members of the “bidness” community in Williamson County. It would surely be nice to have a few regular ‘ol folk on the committee. A few common sense people would certainly be nice. You can read more about them here, bios submitted to the commissioners.

Also the commissioners appointed a new Constable for Precinct 3 to replace the recently retired Bobby Gutierrez.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners welcomed Kevin Stofle as the new Pct. 3 constable. Stofle was formerly Georgetown’s assistant police chief. He replaces Bobby Gutierrez, who had served since 1998.

Gutierrez’ retirement became official Monday and Stofle was sworn in at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in public service and to serve the citizens of Williamson County,” Stofle told commissioners.

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