Commissioners appoint interim Llano County attorney

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LLANO — Llano County commissioners, by a majority vote, declined appointing someone to fill the unexpired term of Llano County attorney Cheryll Mabray and opted instead to appoint first assistant county attorney Linda Bayless in an interim role for the position, officials said.

Two applicants applied for the vacated position. They were attorney Rob Wilson and assistant district attorney Rebecca Lange, according to Llano Precinct 1 County Commissioner Peter Jones.

Wilson and Lange informed the commissioner’s court they intend to file to run for Republican Party nomination for the Llano County attorney position in the March primary.

“Some of the commissioners did not want to appoint somebody who was running in the upcoming election. They didn’t want to show that preference,” said Jones, who added he was a dissenting vote. “(The majority expressed that) the voters have the right to make that decision in the upcoming primary and the general election.”

In October, Mabray announced she was stepping down as Llano County attorney after accepting an appointment as associate judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, presiding over cases involving child abuse, neglect and custody disputes. She had been the Llano County attorney for 23 years.

Bayless was sworn in Nov. 18. at the Llano County Courthouse. She will temporarily fill the position left vacant by Mabray.

Bayless also announced her intent to run for the Burnet County Court-at-Law judge position, Jones said.

Bayless also serves as a prosecuting attorney for Cottonwood Shores, Llano and Sunrise Beach, he said.

“She will basically be able to fulfill many of the functions of county attorney,” Jones said. “There will be some functions she will not be able to complete, for example, managing the budget (of that office), purchase orders and expenditures.”

The winner of the Llano County attorney’s race will serve the remaining two years of Mabray’s four-year term. The filing deadline is Dec. 9. The primary election is in March. The general election is in November 2014.

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