Deep East Texas Council of Governments names new president

Deep East Texas Council of Governments names new president

From the Deep East Texas Council of Governments

SHEPHERD, TEXAS (News Release) - The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Board of Directors has chosen Lufkin City Councilwoman Lynn Torres to be its next President. The board unanimously accepted the recommendation of its officer nominating committee. Her election took place during the organization's March meeting in Shepherd, Texas.

Torres is a member of the Lufkin City Council, as well as the Deputy Superintendent for Lufkin ISD. She has been a member of DETCOG for ten years.

Torres is excited to get to work and restore DETCOG's good name, following former director Walter Diggles stepping down after his indictment by the Federal Grand Jury.

"It's a time where we really need to step back and look and restore the public and the federal government's confidence in our organizations," Torres said. "So as we move forward, I think we're excited for that opportunity."

Torres will be sworn into the office at the Board's June meeting in Nacogdoches. She will start her 2017 to 2018 term on July 1, 2016.

Also elected to serve as DETCOG Officers were Houston County Attorney Daphne Session as First Vice-President; Trinity River Authority representative Bill Holder as Second Vice-President; San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson as Third Vice President; Center City Councilwoman Joyce Johnson will serve as DETCOG Board Secretary and Jasper City Councilman Alton Scott will serve as DETCOG Treasurer. Current DETCOG President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter will hold the position of Immediate Past President.

The next DETCOG Board Meeting will be held in Shelby County.  It is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016.