Grayson County Purchasing Agent Jeff Schneider introduced his replacement to the Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Schneider has been with the county for 28 years but will retire later this summer.


He explained a board made up of the district judges and County Judge Bill Magers had approved the appointment of Jodi Platt as his replacement earlier in the day. Originally from Arkansas, Platt has been the purchasing agent for Ellis County for about six years.


Ellis County, which had a population of 173,620 in 2017, has approximately 180 employees. By comparison, Grayson County had a population of 131,140 in 2017 and has 584 employees.


While Platt said she hadn’t spent any real time in Grayson County before, she explained her husband always got a good feeling about the county when they would drive through the area.


Platt said she decided to accept the job because she was impressed by “the family environment and the togetherness” of the county government, as well as the “good people.”


Schneider said he and Platt will work together for the next few months to get her ready to assume the role that he is leaving.


By law, the county purchasing agent is appointed by the judges of the district courts. The person in that position buys all of the supplies, materials and equipment required by counties to run. The purchasing agent also negotiates all contracts for such materials and oversees the competitive bidding process for various contracts for goods and services. Once a year, the purchasing agent and the county auditor file a list of all of the property belonging to the county and its entities.


Schneider said once he retires, he plans to spend a lot more time on hobbies like roping and horseback riding. He said he also plans to travel with his wife.