Commissioners interview first candidate for new legal rep
Limestone County commissioners learned more Georgetown attorney George Hyde in their first interview of a candidate for new legal representation.
Their interaction took place at the Nov. 28 commissioners court meeting and lasted more than half an hour. Hyde gave examples of cases in which his firm had successfully represented various Texas counties and also spoke of his view of the attorney-client relationship.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen reminded the court that Hyde had already represented the county on an insurance case because he is on the Texas Association of Counties’ list of approved attorneys.
Hyde told the court that he had dedicated his law practice to the representation of local government.
“Having been a 25-year commissioned police officer and a six-year firefighter, both in volunteer as well as regular positions, I understand a little bit of the inside of what they go through,” Hyde said.
Because elected officials see things differently from each other, Hyde said, he tries to be a resource for all the officials.
Burkeen pointed out that Hyde’s law enforcement background would help the county in that most of his work would probably be helping Sheriff Dennis Wilson.
Wilson then spoke on Hyde’s behalf, describing Hyde as having been “up front,” with him.
“He has been very beneficial to my office,” Wilson said, “because he not only retained through us, but he has been able to graciously accept our phone calls and point us in directions we need and answer legal questions we need.”
An area Wilson said he often needs help with is electronic requests for information through the Open Records Act, to which he is required to respond within 10 days.
Also, some information requested is not currently being captured, so Wilson has had to make a referral to the Attorney General’s Office.
“I have to have a lawyer for official purposes that I’m comfortable with,” Wilson said, “and second of all, I have a lot of confidence in what George does because he gave us good counsel and he’s very easy to work with.”
Wilson asked the court to consider awarding Hyde the bid for legal services, calling it money well spent that would later save the county money.
“I’m very pleased to work with George,” Wilson concluded. “He has been an outstanding contact for me and my office; and I would really like to further our relationship professionally and have him on board so that when we do need an opinion, a letter or advice on what to do, I’m very comfortable with George and his leadership and his legal advice.”
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