SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Elected San Augustine County officials won't assume their duties before Jan. 1, but some preliminary business can take place now.
Tuesday morning, two re-elected commissioners and a newly elected sheriff took their oaths for office.
San Augustine Sheriff-elect Robert Cartwright is administered the oath of office by County Judge Samye Johnson. Just one less order of events before Cartwright puts on the sheriff's badge.
"We can actually hit the ground running on the first," Cartwright said.
Cartwright and his soon-to-be chief deputy, John Welch, have met recently numerous times with outgoing law enforcement administrators.
"The sheriff and the chief deputy have assured me they want a smooth transition and that's what appears to me, it's going to be that way," Cartwright said.
The sheriff-elect just returned from a sheriff's school. The information can be overwhelming, but helpful when facing the greatest challenge. The State Jail Commission is well aware the San Augustine County jail needs a new roof and foundation work.
"They help us do what we need to do," Johnson said."We look at them that way. And I think they've always been that way. And like I said, the last three years the jail has been up to par. It's in condition according to what the jail commission has told us."
Cartwright has 34 years in law enforcement, but will meet jail administration for the first time. He says preparation during the transition supports his confidence.
Cartwright and his chief deputy spoke before county commissioners today about the need for newer patrol vehicles. Both men are conducting research on the pros and cons of leasing vehicles.