If County Judge Robert Eckels steps down as titular head of county government, as he hints he might, county leaders may decide to appoint a caretaker to hold the post temporarily until the public can make a longer-term choice.
Caretaker or not, Eckels’ immediate successor would only have to garner three votes to get the job.
Commissioners Court — the four county commissioners and Eckels — would appoint Eckels’ successor if he decided to resign.
Three members — Eckels and commissioners Steve Radack and Jerry Eversole — are Republicans, and Radack said he only would vote for a Republican.
But he opposes appointing someone to the position with the expectation that the person would not run. “I don’t believe in putting false and unenforceable expectations on people,” Radack said.
Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, though, says she will only support a caretaker.
“A caretaker, by definition is just holding the position until the next election,” said Garcia, one of the court’s two Democrats. “They must promise not to run. There’s precedent for that.”
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