Grayson County recently hired a new law librarian for the Judge R.C. Vaughan County Law Library.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers introduced the county’s new law librarian Shannon Teichmann during this week’s Commissioners Court meeting.
“I want to thank District Attorney (Joe) Brown for his selection,” Magers said. “Ms. Teichmann was the librarian at Austin College and the electrical resource manager, so I think she’s uniquely qualified to bring our library into the 21st century.”
The law library provides specialized legal reference resources for the legal community, litigants and any residents of Grayson County. It was established in 1940 and is funded through money received from filing fees, user fees and donations. The library is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
Teichmann, who is available to help library users with resources but does not provide legal advice, told the commissioners she was happy to be with the law library.
The county hired Teichmann after Brown terminated the previous law librarian after it was discovered she had allowed Joshua Barrier, who did not work for the county, to use the law library after hours in April. An investigation into his being in the library led officials to discover he was using a county-owned computer to have inappropriate contact with a juvenile.
Barrier, 37, was indicted in July on three counts of online solicitation of a minor. Barrier was arrested when parents of a Whitesboro teen said he had been exchanging inappropriate messages with their child via the computer at the Grayson County Law Library.
After the former law librarian was fired from her job, the law library was closed until Teichmann was hired.
“The law library is now open for business,” Magers said.
While the law library was closed, county commissioners decided to move it to a new location across from its former location because of space limitations in the courthouse. Commissioners also revised county policy beginning Sept. 1 so anyone who doesn’t work with the county must pay $35 an hour, with a two-hour minimum, for a law enforcement officer to stay with county buildings after hours. The guard will have to monitor who is allowed in the building during the time the building is open.
Magers also said requests to use county buildings outside normal business hours will have to go before the commissioners for approval. However, he said, they won’t be requests that will be discussed at length normally as they will go on the consent agenda.