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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


 
Anderson appointed by Governor

Texas Governor Rick Perry has named Fort Bend County Human Resources Director Tom Anderson to serve as the chairman of the Texas Human Rights Commission.

Anderson, who has also been very active in the Republican Party of Fort Bend County and is a long-time Republican Precinct Chair, should be commended for his involvement in the community.

Congratulations Tom on the appointment and we hope your participation will further enhance Fort Bend County’s image.

Elections and the release of public information

I couldn’t help but suppress a giggle when I received a list of early voters this past weekend. I couldn’t help but notice that each voter’s date of birth was posted on the list. Now, as everyone probably knows, County Clerk Dianne Wilson has been hung out to dry by her opponents who think she has committed the ultimate crime by releasing public information to the public via the Internet. I’ve already expressed my opinion of this matter, so there is no need to go into that. When I pointed out the election list disclosure to Wilson, she said it was just another case of “a wayward county department” releasing public information.

The small things have to be approved too

Every week, week after week, Fort Bend County Commissioners approve or deny requests from various officials for improvements or purchases totaling thousands upon thousands of dollars. But they also deal with a lot of small things as well. Every department in the county has to follow certain rules so the proper checks and balances can be successful.

This week court members heard a request to pay an invoice totaling $150 to Ellvina Loehr for cakes provided without a purchase order for the Gus George Academy 20th Anniversary reception which was held two weeks ago.

So, while the court has to consider huge requests for major expenditures, they also have to sweat the small stuff as well.

By the way, congratulations to academy personnel on a job well done through the years. I can remember when we were all out dragging the sack, so to speak, to get enough funds to host various classrooms so our police personnel could go to a single class. Usually these classes were held in a fire station and instructors came from the various agencies throughout the county.

One year, way back in the late 1970’s, a rag-tag bunch of local police and some of the media, myself included, went all out trying to raise funds for the Fort Bend County Law Enforcement Academy. Actually, the name was all there was to the “academy” but the need for a real stationary, permanent facility was there. So, we had a big parade, sports tournaments, auctions and a variety of other things for a full week. We raised some funds, but not enough to build “the” academy.

Then, along comes the late Sheriff Gus George. Gus was a terrific man who understood the needs of the community, the workings of a law enforcement agency from bottom to top and politics. He got things done because of this unique mixture of experience and political savvy. When he was elected sheriff, he also saw a need for a permanent academy and he got the ball rolling. The Fort Bend County Law Enforcement Academy was renamed in his honor while he was still sheriff, an honor that he held near and dear to his heart. Gus died while in office after a courageous battle with cancer.

I still miss him and I hope that when the current academy that bears his name is relocated and expanded, as is currently being considered, the one thing that never changes is the name. In my opinion we would probably still be out there scraping together enough donations to hold a class here and a class there had it not been for Gus.

 

Contact skinnerc1@ev1.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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