• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Attorneys John Hawkins, standing, from left, and Roy Barrett represent the law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Dec. 12 meeting, telling why their firm should be considered for becoming the county’s new legal representative. Seated at the table, clockwise from left, are Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver, County Auditor Debbie Watson, Administrative Assistant Kerrie Cobb and County Clerk Peggy Beck.

Commissioners interview second legal firm as possible new rep

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Members of the Limestone County commissioners court interviewed a second candidate being considered as a possible new legal representative for the county.

The interview, conducted with representatives of the firm Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee, of Waco, took place at the court’s Dec. 12 meeting. Commissioners also heard updates about the county-owned prison, handled personnel matters, agreed on whom to vote for in the Appraisal District election and made other financial decisions concerning the county.

As for the interview, attorneys John Hawkins and Roy Barrett spoke about the types of cases the firm had handled and answered questions from the court members.

On a separate matter, the commissioners heard a report that the county will receive from LaSalle Corrections, the company that runs the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison: $13,712 for a daily average of 155 man-days in October; and $17,526 for a daily average of 195 man-days in November.

The court also approved paying invoices for the LCDC totaling $9,950 for utilities, not including electricity, which has not been billed yet this month.

Also concerning the prison, the court approved a revised contract with Bexar County to house its overflow inmates. The previously approved contract did not specify LaSalle Corrections as the operator of the prison.

Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported that there were 202 inmates in the LCDC that day. 

As for opening F Building at the prison, which the county has been working on for months, Wilson said he and LaSalle are just waiting for paperwork from the Fire Marshal before the Jail Commission can make its final inspection.

Wilson also gave the November statistics for the Law Enforcement Center, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail and Dispatch Department. Similarly, Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick gave the November statistics for the Juvenile Center.

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