County Judge Carl Thibodeaux made a motion on Monday, March 7, to offer the County Court at Law judge position to District Judge Pat Clark. Even though Commissioners David Dubose (Precinct 1) and Jody Crump (Precinct 4) weren’t comfortable with offering the position to one person without taking applications first, the motion passed. Judge Clark was offered the position and informed The Record Newspapers that he is accepting the judgeship.

Judge Clark has been a District Court Judge for 31 years and will have to resign this position to become the County Court at Law Judge.

“I am the Clerk of the County Court at Law and County Court at Law No. 2,” said Karen Jo Vance, Orange County clerk. “[Everyone] and their staff could be happier about the Commissioners’ Court decision to appoint Pat Clark to the Judgeship of the County Court at Law. Pat has an excellent work ethic and his sense of humor is fantastic. We are thrilled about the possibility of working with and for Pat. I’ve previously worked with him as an Assistant District Attorney; County Court at Law Judge, where he did one EXCELLENT job in cleaning up the backlog of cases we had at that time; and as our 128th District Judge.”

Clark is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and a past president of Orange County Texas Exes. His undergraduate studies were at Lamar State College of Technology, and is was formerly a judge advocate general with the Army. Prior to his current bench, Clark served as judge of the county court at law in Orange County, and as president of many local boards including for Camp Fire, the Orange County Credit Union, St. Mary School Foundation and the Parish Council.

Jeff Kelley, emergency management coordinator, said that advertisement for bids on construction of the 1442 Shelter of Last Resort is to start on Sunday, March 13.

The Texas Association of Counties issued Orange County Road and Bridge Precinct 3 a check in the amount of $23,432.99 for a Crime Coverage Claim due to a break-in that occurred on Jan. 31, 2011. This check will be used to reimburse the employees for the loss of personal tools and county owned tools. Individuals checks will be written to each of the employees that lost personal tools and the remainder will be used to replace the county’s losses.

Precinct 3 Commissioner John Dubose asked that Jeff Kelley look into what the cost would be to install a video system at each Road and Bridge site. Kelley offered to look over the last few years to see what the county’s losses were and from there, devise a plan with different options for each site. He also offered to get a price list together to see what it would cost the county to install an alarm system at the sites.

Other Business

The court approved of appointing Connie Cassidy (Purchasing), Debbie Rawls (County Auditor), Doug Manning (Assistant District Attorney and County Attorney), David Dubose (Pct. 1 County Commissioner), and Christy Khoury (County Treasurer) to the Bank Depository Committee. The purpose of this committee is to review the request for proposals from local banks and make a recommendation to the Commissioners’ Court.
The Commissioners issue a proclamation stating that March 6-12 will be known as “Women in Construction Week.”
The bills paid this week total: $538,524.80.

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