NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English's resignation last week, county officials are taking steps to make sure that business proceeds as usual.
Commissioner Jerry Don Williamson will serve as judge pro-tem until April 1. On that date, county judge-elect Mike Perry will be sworn in early. Perry will take up the duties of county judge at that point and conduct the commissioners court meetings.
Perry said Tuesday morning that he is eager to serve and that he doesn't think county business will "miss a beat."
English submitted his letter of resignation on March 13, and it was effective as of March 14. In his letter, English said that he had accepted a position with another county.
"It has been a pleasure working with the court and with all the employees of Nacogdoches County," English said in his letter. "I have always said that the employees are the county's biggest asset, and as I leave this office, that fact remains. I wish you all the best."
In the March 4 primary election, Mike Perry, the Republican candidate for Nacogdoches County Judge, avoided a run-off with his GOP opponents, Donna Finley and Max McCormack. Perry had 3,187 votes, and Finley and McCormack had 1,462 and 1,267 respectively.
Perry was not going to have a Democratic opponent in the November general election.