POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:14pm
Gilmer, TX — Past and present Upshur County commissioners are in the market for a new job with the county — they want to be the next road administrator.
Pct. 1 Commissioner James Crittenden, whose last day in office will be Dec. 31, and former Pct. 2 Commissioner Tommy Stanley, who was elected to office in 1990 and served three terms, each said they are applying for the road administrator job so that — should the county not find a certified engineer — there are other applicants in place to manage the department.
“I grew up doing this kind of work,” Stanley said. “I ran for county commissioner the first time because I was tired of our road system. We had 1950s and 1960s roads in our county in the 1990s. ... I have as much experience or more as those who have been there over the years, and I feel like I can do the county a good job.”
The commissioners court is accepting applications for a road engineer and road administrator through the end of January, and is looking to hire by Feb. 1. Road Engineer Eric Fisher resigned in November. County taxpayers voted in 2002 to switch to a unit road system that puts road work in the hands of an engineer or administrator. Before the unit road system, county commissioners were in charge of maintaining roads in their own precincts.
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