WACO (October 23, 2013) McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson said Wednesday he wants the commissioner’s court to move forward with appointing a replacement for former Justice of the Peace Jean Laster Boone, who resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty in a case involving falsified mileage reports.
“We need to go through the vetting process...and it doesn’t need to take two weeks,” Gibson said.
Laster-Boone, who resigned immediately after pleading guilty to records tampering charges Tuesday, held the post in Gibson’s precinct for 14 years.
Gibson said commissioners should "do what's best not for my precinct but for the taxpayers of McLennan County.”
Some commissioners and County Judge Scott Felton are also considering whether to leave the position open until voters fill it in 2014 or to abolish the position altogether.
“I would have a big problem with and I would not sit back and be quiet about it," Gibson said.
County Judge Scott felton says no decision about how to proceed has been made.
“We'll have numerous work sessions and deliberations about our options and then make a decision at that point,” he said.
He said commissioners have discussed an across-the-board reduction in the number of justices of the peace and constables in the county.
Gibson says he’s not opposed to that as long as the redistricting would result in appropriate representation for minority voters.