By Roger Croteau - Express-News
The Hays County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 to appoint Tommy Ratliff to succeed Sheriff Allan Bridges, who died unexpectedly Dec. 6.
“He's a good choice and somebody who can make us a fine sheriff,” Commissioner Jeff Barton said.
Barton said he wished Ratliff “had more managerial experience,” but he was confident that Ratliff would be a good choice.
“If we go outside the department, it will be an insult to Sheriff Bridges,” Conley said.
He added that, as a Texas Ranger, Ratliff had never run a jail or put together a budget.
“I think we have better applicants to choose from,” Conley said.
He called the process the court used to select a new sheriff “an embarrassment to the county” that “lacked openness.”
Ratliff will face an election in 2010 if he wants to keep the sheriff's job. He did not attend Monday's meeting.
“I am confident Ranger Ratliff will abide by what he stated to me — that he does not intend to make any big changes, if any,” she said.