POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 10:56am
Cherokee County Court at Law Judge Craig Fletcher had just been cleared in an investigation of unspecified charges.
Even so, he decided to abruptly, some say angrily, resign on Friday
Monday, a hasty meeting of the Commissioners Court was called by County Judge Chris Davis.
And in closed session, with 2 abstentions, County Attorney Kelley Peacock was named to fill the post until the March Primary.
She then filed to run for the job in that race. That was she didn’t run the risk of filing and resigning her position without the assurance of the interim slot.
“Initially, I was concerned with us appointing anyone who was on the ballot,” says Pct. 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti. “I don’t think the Commissioner’s Court, or the County Judge, as a judicial officer, has any business whatsoever endorsing any candidate. I just think that was extremely unethical.”
“My idea is that after 20 years in politics,” says County Judge Crhis Davis, “I don’t think that’s going to matter that much.”
But is choosing someone who is in the race a defacto endorsement by the court?
“Well of course it is. What else could it be?” Pinotti says.
“She’s filed to run, she’s running,” Davis replied. “And the voters can decide who they want. That’s the ultimate thing.”
Commissioner Pinotti feels the choice could have waited until after the filing deadline.
“Oh, well, I mean, maybe, I don’t know,” Davis demurred.
“Personally, for the life of me,” she exclaimed, “I cannot think of any other reason than it being politically motivated.”
One attorney told me that Kelly Peacock is a very good lawyer with an excellent reputation.
But the real question seems to be, what was the rush?