Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wilson Vs. Noey: LC District Clerk Contest

Another local political contest that will be decided March 6th is the contest for Leon County District Clerk. The incumbent, Beverly Wilson is being challenged for the position by Cassandra Noey.

Cassandra Noey

Ms. Noey is currently serving as Administrative Assistant for Leon County Judge Byron Ryder. Noey has worked in several positions for the county during the past 18 years. “Most all of my adult life has been here in the courts,” said Noey, “and I have really enjoyed all my years of working for Leon County. I know and understand how the various county offices work together, and I am ready now for a step up.”

“In the court system, it is hard to promote without running for office. For me, the time was right to move up, and I feel well prepared for the job. I work well with all the other county employees, and I would very much appreciate the opportunity to serve as District Clerk of Leon County.”

Noey, who was raised and still lives in Marquez, has two children. Like their mother, both children graduated from Leon High School. Daughter Harley is 24 years old and works at the Branding Iron in Marquez which is owned and operated by Cassandra’s in-laws. And son Riley is 21 years old and is working with a pipeline in Oklahoma.

Beverly Wilson

“I started working for Leon County as a Deputy District Clerk in June 2004. I spent nearly seven years working in the District Clerk’s office before moving to the County Judge’s office in 2011. I have been involved in many project such as writing grants for the historic 1913 jail, floodplain development, and the bail bond board in my time with the county.

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Court With Judge Evans

The Centerville Courtroom was the setting for the Leon County District Court held Friday, February 16th. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided over a full docket. Leon County Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook was in the courtroom to represent the state’s cases.

Juan Ramos Dominguez, who has been held in the Leon County Jail, was in court for a Motion to Revoke his probation. Dominguez had received a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense. This was revoked after the state alleged that Dominguez had failed to meet the terms of that sentence. Dominguez pled guilty of the violation charges and was sentenced to 3 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Jail (TDCJ). The attorney for Dominguez was Richard Price.

Stafford Wayne Jackson, who has been in the county jail since January, was in court on a Motion to Adjudicate his sentence. Jackson has been on a deferred adjudication after pleading guilty to the charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member. The state alleged Jackson has failed to comply with the terms of the deferment including the financial obligations. Jackson pled guilty to the noncompliance charges and was sentenced to 4 years in the TDCJ. The attorney for Jackson was Kelly Weeks.

Efrain Sanchez Ramirez failed to appear in court for a Motion to Adjudicate in his case. Ramirez is charged with Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense. The judge issued a warrant for Ramirez. The attorney for Ramirez is Charley Johnson.

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Leon County Finances Deemed Healthy

Leon County Commissioners David Ferguson, Joey Sullivan, Dean Stanford, and David Grimes.

Darla Dear of Rich, Harris, Pachacek, LLLP delivered a glowing report on Leon County’s finances to the Commissioners, Monday, February 12th, at their regular meeting. The audit by the outside firm was conducted for the year of 2016. “The most important thing,” said Dear, “is the unmodified opinion the county has received.” An unmodified opinion is the highest possible grade for an audit.

According to Dear, the county stayed under budget and has been able to hold a “nice, healthy fund balance. This is great for unexpected emergencies.” Dear also reported that $314,942 from the Expo Center was moved back into the Capital Expenditures Fund.

Commissioner David Ferguson commented that one reason the county’s reserve is so high is that the county is providing for retirees. “Some county’s have a retirement plan, but then do not have the funds to maintain it. We do have the funds, and we want to take care of our retirees.”

All Leon County Commissioners were present for the meeting, but Leon County Judge Byron Ryder was not present. Ryder was in Washington, D.C., at the time, attending judicial training and taking care of other business as reported by Commissioner Joey Sullivan who presided over the meeting.

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Local Sheriffs Express Their Concern of High Speed Rail

Today, (2/14/18), I met with fellow Sheriffs representing Navarro, Freestone, Limestone, Madison, Grimes, and Waller Counties in Centerville, Texas. This coalition of sheriffs, including Ellis County, came together out of our concern about the proposed Dallas Houston High-Speed Rail and our duty to protect our citizens. We will not allow public safety and security to be compromised for the financial gain of this private company. We are committed to standing together to protect you and our communities.

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DONATION -- Citizens State Bank Officers makes a generous donation to the Leon County Go Texan. Pictured are Courtney Miller, Assistant Cashier; Scott Pistone, Heather Perkins, Assistant Cashier; George Holliman and Debra Foley Branch Manager/Vice President. Express Photo/Mary Ann Vaughn

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