By Jennifer Clampet

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE The Coryell County Commissioners Court gave a politician a second chance Monday.

By a vote of 2 to 1, the court approved the appointment of Donna Medford to her former position as county treasurer.

In December, 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 would continue to serve as the treasurer in a part-time status until the conclusion of an audit and after a permanent replacement has been chosen by the court.

Smith, 31, was elected to the position in 2002 when he ran against incumbent Democrat Medford.

We knew what we had before, said Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Wall, a Republican, and thats why she wasnt re-elected.

Wall voted against Medfords appointment to the position. Medford was defeated by 17 votes in the last election. County Clerk Barbara Simpson said the election was close even though 500 more Republican voters turned out than did Democrat voters in Coryell County.

However, Commissioners Don Jones and Kyle Pruitt, both Democrats who both voted for Medfords appointment, said they expected a smooth transition since Medford has served as county treasurer for eight years.

Its because of the 17-vote difference in the last election, Pruitt said of why he believed Medford deserved the position. She has proven ability. Her transition will be smooth.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cliff Price, a Republican, abstained from voting.

After the court returned from a 20-minute executive session to discuss the personnel matter, Wall made the motion to appoint Dorothy McClennan as county treasurer. Price seconded and also voted for the appointment. However, both Jones and Pruitt voted against the motion. County Judge John Hull cast the tie-breaker with a vote against McClennans appointment.

The county treasurer position will be filled by Medford until 2006. The position will be filled for the next term during the November general election.

Jones said that with Medfords return to the county treasurers position, he hoped that she would be elected back into the office next election.

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