LAMPASAS — Commissioners reluctantly accepted the resignation of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Sheila Blackwell Hood on Monday and took quick steps to find her replacement.

Hood submitted her letter of resignation March 26 announcing her intent to retire, effective Monday.

“A simple thank you is not enough … you will be missed,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Robert Vincent said. “I don’t want to do this, but I make the motion that we accept Sheila Blackwell Hood’s retirement.”

Hood served as Precinct 4 court clerk from 2003 to 2005 and was appointed justice of the peace on Nov. 1, 2005, to fill an unexpired term.

“It’s been a privilege to serve; however, it’s time for me to retire,” Hood said, encouraging the court to name a replacement as soon as possible so the new justice of the peace can attend required training sessions in May.

Commissioners asked Dorothy Person, human resources director, to organize a hiring committee and begin accepting applications. She said applications will be accepted through Thursday, and interviews will begin Friday, with commissioners choosing Hood’s replacement on Monday.

In other business, County Auditor Chris Munn reported the county had contributed $234,047 to the new Lampasas Fire Station project as of Monday.

The county agreed to fund 30 percent of the $1.2 million project in a joint-use agreement with the city of Lampasas, Munn said.

“If nothing else changes, our part of the project will be an estimated $321,639,” Munn said.

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