At Bowie County Commissioners Court on May 27, Bowie County Commissioner Tom Whitten, suggested the Court appoint a 5-person financial advisory board, with each member of the Court to pick one member. The Court passed his motion unanimously.
Commissioner Stone appointed Denis Washington; Commissioner Whitten appointed Mike Sandefur; Commissioner Carter appointed Tim Ketchum, and Commissioner Blackburn appointed Joe Dike.
Judge Lacy’s original pick, Larry Davlin, was informed Monday morning that Texarkana TX City Manager John Whitsen considered Davlin’s participation on the board a conflict of interest, and demanded he step down. Davlin told Judge Lacy shortly before Court, and when the Commissioners formally announced their choices for the board, Lacy told the Court he would appoint Davlin’s replacement later in the day. The Court approved the list, plus whoever Lacy planned to appoint.
I’ve been waiting for Lacy’s announcement of his appointee to write this article, and asked him about it. He said that he didn’t plan to announce his appointee until the next session of Court. He said, “I don’t want the political machine crushing this candidate ahead of time.”