The Grayson County Commissioners Court will consider hiring a private investigative firm to conduct background checks on the applicants for the interim Grayson County District Attorney position during its meeting Tuesday.
When commissioners meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse, they will have several agenda items to discuss and consider taking action on before going into a closed, executive session to deliberate on contracting with a firm for the background checks and a separate real estate item. Following the executive session, the commissioners will return to open session to take any actions deemed necessary on the executive session items.
Earlier this month, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said the county received applications for the interim DA position from First Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore and Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith. An interim is needed because former Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown was recently confirmed as the newest U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Brown was nominated to the post by President Donald Trump in November, but his confirmation didn’t come until after the deadline to get the DA race on the ballot of the primary elections held last week. At the time of Brown’s nomination, it was assumed he would be confirmed earlier, so Smith and Assistant District Attorney Britton Brooks announced they would each seek the Republican Party nomination to run for the unexpired term that Brown left behind.
Since the DA position wasn’t included on the ballot for the recent party primaries, local precinct chairs will choose Republican and Democratic party candidates for the November election during the planned county conventions later this month.
In addition to the executive session items, the commissioners will receive a report from Tax Assessor/Collector Bruce Stidham for the month of February and a presentation on the Grayson County Thoroughfare Plan from County Engineer Clay Barnett. Barnett’s presentation will feature a map to go with the Thoroughfare Plan and funding options.
In addition, commissioners will consider taking action on a final plat approval, a bid proposal for a property that didn’t sell at a November sheriff’s sale, bids for the annual supply of asphalt and insurance settlements on county vehicles.
Herald Democrat Criminal Justice Editor Jerrie Whiteley contributed to this article.