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Henson, Williams recognized by court

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    Two employees of the VZC Sheriff’s Department were recognized by VZC Sheriff Steve Hendrix and the VZC Commissioners Court for their years of service to VZC Dec. 8. Recognized were, front row, dark jackets, Deputy Sam Henson (15 years) and Lieutenant Me

Two employees of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department were recognized for their years of service Dec. 8 during the regular meeting of the VZC Commissioners Court.

VZC Sheriff Steve Hendrix presented Deputy Sam Henson and Lieutenant Melonie Williams to the commissioners’ court.

“I am here to recognize two employees,” said Hendrix. “I became sheriff in VZC on Jan. 1, 2021, and there has been some turnover as is the case usually when a new sheriff takes office. Several employees have stayed including the two that I am recognizing today.”

Henson was recognized by Hendrix for his 15 years of service to the VZC Sheriff’s Department. “I am the fourth sheriff that he has served under,” said Hendrix. “I would like to present him with a certificate and a pin. Deputy Henson takes care of our civil process which is not the most exciting job to do. He gets the job done and I never have to worry about it. I never hear of any complaints about him.”

Williams was then recognized for her 12 and one-half years of service total in VZC by Hendrix. “When the position of patrol lieutenant became open earlier this year, it was real obvious who was going to be chosen to fill that position,” recalled Hendrix. “Her job duties entail supervision of patrol. She takes care of all of the administrative things at the courthouse involving patrol in cluding gas receipts. I am presenting her today with a fiveyear award and a certificate, but she actually has served in VZC for a total of 12 and one-half years over two different time periods. She has also worked for four sheriffs in VZC.”

In other action during their 20-minute regular meeting Dec. 8, the commissioners’ court accepted a donation check from Jakie Allen in the amount of $1,323.06 for repairs performed on VZCR 2902 in VZC Pct. 2 following a recommendation by VZC Pct. 2 Commissioner Virgil Melton Jr.

Following a recommendation by VZC Head of Courthouse Security Joe Carter, the commissioners’ court agreed to remove a defective emergency generator from the VZC Courthouse.

Fiscal year 2021 year-end budget amendments as well as fiscal year 2022 budget amendments were approved by the commissioners’ court following a recommendation by VZC Auditor Sandy Hill.

Monthly reports submitted by various offices and departments of VZC government were approved and entered into the minutes of the commissioners’ court following a recommendation by VZC Pct. 4 Commissioner Tim West.

The commissioners’ court approved the minutes from the meetings of Nov. 3, Nov. 6, Nov. 15, and Nov. 24.

VZC bills presented for payment were approved as submitted by the commissioners’ court.

The next regular meeting of the VZC Commissioners Court is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, in the VZC Courthouse.