My Priorities

I’m not a politician—far from it. I’m straightforward and won’t blow smoke, which is why I won’t make empty promises about what I can achieve before I’ve even stepped into office. The truth is, until I’m in the thick of it, I won’t fully understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. However, what I can promise is a commitment to restoring trust in our county government through transparency, accountability, and unwavering dedication to the people of Hill County. That said, there are a few key commitments I feel confident I can make if I am elected as Hill County Commissioner.

My primary focus is to restore the public’s trust in our county government and I recognize the deep-seated need for transparency and accountability in doing so. My foremost promise is to open the doors of communication wide, ensuring that the public knows exactly what is happening within the commissioner’s office. This starts with making my work calendar fully accessible to the public. Whether I’m in the office or attending to county matters elsewhere, residents will have clear insight into my actions, fostering confidence that I am working diligently on their behalf.

Moreover, I aim to collaborate with County Treasurer Sandy Brown to establish regular reporting on county funds and expenses. This reporting will be designed in a simple, easy-to-understand format, enabling residents to stay informed about how their tax dollars are being utilized. Additionally, I propose implementing a triple-bid process for selecting county vendors, with all bids and potential associations or conflicts made public. This will ensure fairness and accountability in the procurement process, further enhancing trust in county operations.

Recognizing the critical need for improvement, I pledge to address the current lack of effective communication from the commissioner’s office. Leveraging my expertise as a digital project manager, I am committed to implementing processes to guarantee efficient responses to inquiries from other county offices. Additionally, I propose establishing a voluntary county-wide email and text messaging list for residents to receive important notices and informational newsletters, improving communication and community engagement across Hill County. Furthermore, I advocate for the creation of a dedicated Hill County Facebook page akin to those of the Health Department and Sheriff’s Office, providing residents with a centralized platform for accessing important notices and updates. Together, these initiatives will enhance communication channels, strengthen accountability, and build a more connected and informed community across Hill County.

While I have identified other issues within the county, these promises represent tangible steps toward restoring trust and accountability in our local government. Ultimately, I pledge to work tirelessly for the people of Hill County, advocating for their interests and striving to build a stronger, more transparent community.

The Issues

Identifying key areas for improvement is essential in moving our county forward. Below, I outline the pressing issues that I believe warrant attention and action. While I cannot guarantee immediate solutions, these are the critical areas I aim to address through open dialogue, innovative approaches, and collaborative efforts.

County Roads

Maintaining our county roads is vital for everyday life in Hill County. Whether it’s accessing homes, commuting to work, transporting goods, or supporting local businesses, our roads are the lifeline of our community. Without dependable roads, our entire infrastructure suffers.

Prioritization: Currently, the county road system faces significant challenges. Despite efforts as part of the 2024 proposed road mill levy to categorize roads into three priority levels, addressing solely the highest-priority roads is a process that could take several decades. We need a more efficient system that considers not only traffic and usage but also the safety of drivers and their vehicles. Implementing a ticket-based system for residents to report road issues will ensure accountability and timely repairs.

Gravel: Another pressing issue is the accessibility of gravel. With limited funds, the county struggles to compete with private companies for gravel. Exploring modern technology and collaborative agreements with landowners could provide more affordable access to this essential resource.

Operators: Additionally, a seriously pressing issue lies in the shortage of operators. The county often invests significant resources in training new operators, only to lose them to private construction companies offering higher wages. Implementing a structured training program with a mandatory tenure requirement could help retain skilled operators, ensuring continuity in road maintenance efforts.

Equipment: Moreover, the county’s reliance on outdated equipment poses a significant obstacle to efficient road maintenance. Much of our equipment is over 40 years old and requires extensive maintenance, hindering operational efficiency. Furthermore, without proper vetting by experienced operators, new equipment purchases risk inefficiency and financial strain. Addressing these challenges requires exploring solutions such as lease or buyback programs to replace outdated equipment and mitigate the financial burden, including the looming $300,000+ balloon payment on recent equipment acquisitions.

Through strategic investments and proactive measures, we can pave the way for safer, more resilient road infrastructure in Hill County.

Hill County Detention Center

Structural Issues: The state of our county’s detention center is nothing short of alarming. Its very foundation is compromised, evident in the visible movement of the building and the unsettling cracks that spiderweb throughout its structure. Plumbing failures are rampant, with leaks causing water to pool into cells, rendering them uninhabitable. The building’s interior is marred by peeling paint, a result of cheap materials used during construction. Windows leak profusely during rainfall, exacerbating the water damage issue.

Essential Facilities: Moreover, the facility’s essential amenities are in a state of disrepair. Many cells lack functional toilets and showers due to makeshift pipe repairs, leading to unsanitary conditions. The library, a vital resource for inmates, has been partially destroyed by water damage, yet no efforts have been made to address this. Even the padded cell, meant to provide safety for suicidal inmates, is compromised by a gaping hole in its padding.

Mental Health: Beyond the physical shortcomings, the detention center is ill-equipped to handle mental health crises. Individuals with severe mental health issues are often left without proper care, leading to repeated incarcerations. This highlights the broader issue of inadequate mental health resources in Hill County, leaving vulnerable individuals stranded within the criminal justice system.

Staffing Shortages: Staffing shortages exacerbate these problems, creating a dangerous environment for both inmates and officers. Overtime shifts are a common occurrence, as there aren’t enough detention center officers to meet the demands of the facility. This places undue strain on law enforcement resources and compromises the safety of all involved.

It’s evident that immediate action is needed to address the myriad issues plaguing our detention center. From structural repairs to mental health resources and staffing levels, comprehensive reforms are necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff alike.

County Employee Pay Schedule

The current county employee pay schedule presents significant challenges for our hardworking workforce. Paychecks are issued monthly and often late, a system that not only creates financial strain but also contributes to late payments, exacerbating an already precarious situation. This affects various county employees, including teachers and law enforcement, who rely on timely compensation to support themselves and their families.

Transitioning to a bi-weekly pay schedule is imperative for several reasons. Firstly, it provides employees with more frequent access to their earnings, allowing them to better manage their finances and meet their obligations in a timely manner. This is especially crucial for individuals living paycheck to paycheck, who often struggle to make ends meet under the current monthly system.

Moreover, a bi-weekly pay schedule offers greater consistency and predictability, reducing the uncertainty surrounding paycheck issuance. Employees can plan their expenses more effectively, alleviating the stress and anxiety associated with financial insecurity.

Overall, transitioning to a bi-weekly pay schedule is a proactive step towards prioritizing the well-being and financial stability of our county employees. By providing more frequent and reliable access to their earnings, we can empower our workforce to thrive and continue serving our community with dedication and excellence.

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