By Jennifer Clampet

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE Coryell County commissioners will have to appoint a new county treasurer shortly after the beginning of the new year.

During Mondays court meeting, County Treasurer Chad Smith gave official notice that he would be taking a job as a city administrator in Karnes City starting Jan. 3.

Smith said he will continue to serve as the treasurer in a part-time status until the conclusion of an audit and a permanent replacement has been chosen by the court.

Hopefully that will be soon, Smith said.

Smith cannot be released from his duties as county treasurer until a replacement is found, said County Auditor Ben Roberts.

Youll be surprised how many things require a treasurers signature, Roberts said commenting that having a part-time treasurer for any amount of time may be difficult. We cant pay the bills without his signature.

County Judge John Hull reminded the court that the commissioners had the responsibility to appoint a replacement for the county treasurer. Hull said the court should be ready to discuss replacements by the Jan. 10 court meeting.

Smith, 31, has served as the county treasurer for two years. Smith said that his decision to take the position in Karnes City was a good move for himself and his family.

The county treasurer position will be filled by an appointed person until 2006. The position will be filled for the next term during the November general elections.

In other business, the court decided to take no action on a recommendation by the fire marshal for a burn ban in Coryell County.

Hull said the heavy rain experienced late last week may have dampened the need for a ban. The court agreed to wait until its next meeting to decide whether to issue a burn ban for the county.

If you dont use some caution when burning, then yeah, youre going to have a problem, said Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Jones.

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