County swears in new officials for coming year


During a special meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 1, the bonds and oaths for newly elected officials were sworn into office.

County officials being sworn in included County Judge Nate McDonald, County Clerk Stephanie Cantu Wurtz, Matagorda County Precinct 4 Commissioner Charles “Bubba” Frick, Matagorda County Commissioner Precinct 2 Kent Pollard, Justice of the Peace Precinct 6 Jim Powell, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Amy Ottino Tapia, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Ronald LeBlanc, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Mark Andrew Finlay, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Jason Sanders, County Treasurer Loretta Griffin and District Clerk Janice Brooks Hawthorne.

Commissioners were also expected to approve the deputation of Deputy District Clerks Kristine Morales, Belinda Cortinas, Natalie Carroll, Stacey Johnson, Mabel Bryant, Becky Sassman, Magdalena Perez, Nancy McLain, Tiffany Bellard and Lori Murphy.

During the monthly regular meeting held Monday, Dec. 31, Matagorda County Commissioners approved payments to the city of Bay City for $5,601.76 for half the cost for replacing the radio antenna on the city of Bay City tower which the Matagorda County Sheriff’s office shares with the city of Bay City. 

County officials also approved a heavy load permit for CR 244 between Hilcorp Energy Company and Matagorda County Precinct 2.

County officials also approved a lease agreement between Matagorda County and Konica Minolta Premier Finance for a copier for the district clerk’s office. The agreement is for the amount of $177.52 per month for 60 months.

Commissioners also approved a consulting agreement between the county and Douglas Matthes for Emergency Management Consulting Services for the fiscal year 2018-19.

During a December meeting of the Matagorda County Commissioner’s Court, commissioners approved the appointment of Amanda Campos as the new Emergency Management and 911 Coordinator.

“It was a unanimous recommendation of the court to appoint Campos to this position,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald. 

Campos will head up the county’s emergency preparedness information that is provided to help all residents of Matagorda County to prepare for any kind of area emergency. 

Campos is replacing the retiring Matthes, who announced earlier this year he would be retiring at the end of hurricane season. Matthes had served 19 years with Matagorda County.

Matthes first started with the county logging addresses for the 9-1-1 system as assistant under former emergency coordinator Bob Watts. Matthes took over the position in 2006 and has stood with the county under the clouds of hurricanes such as Ike, Rita, Katrina, Harvey and tropical storm Bill.

Matthes said he won’t be leaving Matagorda County, the place he has lived his whole life, except to travel the U.S. with his wife.

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