A full-time position paid for by drug raid funds will be advertised for the sheriff’s purchasing department, Sheriff Mike White told commissioners in regular session Monday.

White said Jean Parker and her staff do a “ … fantastic job, particularly when it comes to inventory,” but added that a new face in the office is badly needed.

Commissioner John Dubose also praised Parker and her staff.
“I know that after Hurricane Rita I saw a lot of good things coming out of that office,” he said. 

White added, “We’ve been putting part-time people there, and moving other people around to try to cover the gap,” White said. “But it’s just not working.”

As it stands now, the position will be for one-year only, however, Parker said by phone late Monday she hopes it will become a permanent job. 

“I’ll be retiring in four years, and it really takes two years to get to know everything about the office,” she said.

The office oversees capital outlay projects, uniforms and patrol cars (including detachable items inside such as radios), among other duties, she said.

In other business Monday, S and S Scrap Metal along North Texas 62 requested and were granted a junk yard license waiver. 

Therefore, the business will be classified as a recycling yard. The company already purchased a salvage yard licence and can be reimbursed for that, Dubose said.

Also on Monday’s agenda, Craft Oil was awarded a bid to provide bulk fuel for the county. 

There is a time change on the June 23 commissioners’ meeting. Court will begin at 10 a.m. instead of its regular afternoon time.