Llano County says goodbye to long-time officials, seeks attorney for trade deal, upgrades jail software
Outgoing Llano County Treasurer Teresa Kassel (center with plaque) and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Brian Alexander (center with flag) were honored during the regular meeting of the Commissioners Court on Monday, Dec. 12. Pictured also are Precinct 1 Commissioner Peter Jones (left), Congressional District 11 Regional Director Carol Cunningham, County Judge Ron Cunningham, Commissioner Precinct 2 Linda Raschke, and Commissioner Precinct 3 Mike Sandoval. Staff Photo by Dakota Morrissiey
The Llano County Commissioners Court and the Congressional District 11 office recognized the outgoing County Treasurer and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace during a regular meeting of the court on Monday, Dec. 12. The court also approved the hiring of an attorney to handle the recently approved trade of the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena and approved funding to upgrade software at the Llano County Jail.
Outgoing County Treasurer Teresa Kassel and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Brian Alexander were both recognized for their service to the county with honorary plaques from the commissioners court and flags flown at the Capitol from the office of District 11 Representative August Pfluger. Kassel served as deputy treasurer from 2007 to 2014 and as treasurer from 2015 to 2022. Alexander served as a Llano County Sheriff’s deputy from 2002 to 2006 and as justice of the peace from 2006 to 2022.
“Theresa, this is in sincere appreciation for your outstanding service to Llano County,” said Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham as he presented the plaque. “Thank you so much,”
Kassel will be replaced by newly elected treasurer Cheryl Regmund, who will be sworn in on Dec. 31.
“I have enjoyed my time here,” Kassel told DailyTrib.com after the meeting. “The county is a very good place to work and people should appreciate the work that all of these officials do.”
Alexander will be replaced by incoming JP Lisa Simpson, who will also be sworn in on Dec. 31.
Trade Deal Attorney
The Commissioners Court also approved hiring an attorney to handle the transfer of properties between the county and the city of Llano in the recently approved John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena trade deal. The discussion to hire an attorney took place in executive session and approved in open meeting. No specific attorney has been named.
“The biggest concern is that we do everything fully transparent,” Judge Cunningham told DailyTrib.com after the meeting. “We want to make sure that we are getting all of the information available on both sides of the property trade so that when we do the exchange neither side is caught unaware of anything. It’s really just a matter of doing our final due diligence on this.”
The trade deal was originally expected to be completed by the new year, but Cunningham said it could take longer, at least to the next meeting of the Commissioners Court on Jan. 9, 2023.
Llano City Attorney Luke A. Cochran will handle the city’s side of the trade.
New Jail Software
The Commissioners Court also approved the allocation of $48,600 to upgrade the software of the Llano County Jail. This comes from a $146,000 funding pool that was approved for jail security systems improvement in October 2021.
Llano County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Manager Doni Whitecotton told the commissioners court that the current software was inadequate.
“This upgrade will provide an essential function for jail operations,” she said. “(With the current system) it’s more personnel needed and more time to manually do all the functions that are needed.”
The upgrades are estimated to take up to three months, but Whitecotton is negotiating with the provider, MTI Security, on expediting installation.
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