GATESVILLE — Howdy, Copperas Cove. Here is what is going on downrange in Coryell County.

“Beyond blessed” is how Pamela Williams described herself after becoming the county’s first human resources director.

The Cove native said she is excited to start her new job in January.

For the past two years, Williams has been working a seven-county area as an investigator with Texas Child Protective Services.

Now, she will be keeping tabs on Coryell County employees, many of whom she knows through her current job.

“I have been working with the district attorney’s office, the county attorney, the sheriff’s department and now the employees,” she said.

Williams got an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University before earning a master’s degree in organization and human resource development at Abilene Christian University. She will be plenty busy keeping track of the pay and benefits of a growing county workforce.

The eight-bed mental health crisis respite center that recently opened in Gatesville may soon grow to an 18-bed facility, County Judge John Firth said.

Firth said Central Counties Services, the regional agency that oversees the center, is pushing for state and/or federal funding to expand the center, which provides a place for indigent people with mental health problems who would otherwise end up in emergency room or the county jail.

The center, which occupies a remodeled wing of the old Coryell County Hospital, needs a fire-suppression sprinkler system to meet state regulations for the expansion.

Firth assured county commissioners the cost of those improvements will not fall to the county. Heading into the New Year, the alcoholic-beverage industry is advertising its products with a message to “please celebrate responsibly.” Good advice.

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