Outgoing Nacogdoches County public servants honored

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Resolutions recognize the years of service. The first for Jefferson Barclay Davis. The county attorney is returning to private practice, but didn't want to miss inheriting the position his dad held for over 30 years. "I literally grew up in this courthouse. My father, Bryan holt Davis was county attorney for 35 years before I came along and it was just a part of me and seem like a natural progression," said Davis.

Two commissioners are leaving. Charles Simmons has served the longest, 16 years. "You know, I've been here through four county judges," reminded Simmons. He represents Precinct 3, but constituents commonly confuse it with Precinct 1, probably because its boundaries are primarily the Nacogdoches city limits. The mistake brings out the competitive spirit of the former SFA coach. "Precinct 3 is number one of all the precincts," quipped Simmons.

The true representative of Precinct 1 is Tom Bush, whose interview was interrupted by his cell phone.   Set to the tune, 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'. So he was asked, what's good?   "To see the water come up in Lake Naconiche. Very big. I've had a kayak out on it a couple of times and it's really nice," said Bush, whose known for his love of the outdoors. The bad? "Columbia. A tragedy," responded Bush with no hesitation. And the ugly? "Compliments were hard to come by," said the commissioner who described the job as "negative". But Bush is thankful for the job. He came back to office after a life threatening motorcycle accident  "Just being able to come back and serve on the court strengthens me everyday," said Bush, the only commissioner to actually become emotional during the reading of his resolution.

Others leaving Nacogdoches County public office are District Attorney Stephanie Stephens and Precinct 4 Constable Chuck Copeland. Combined, all five Nacogdoches County officials represent 51 years of experience in public service.

This is an age when America is facing a serious shortage of public servants, so whether you agree with them politically or not, now is a good time to say thanks to government leaders. Newly elected officials will be sworn in on January 1 at 10 a.m.  at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse.