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Smith County Commissioners are meeting for the first time since Judge Joel Baker was suspended by a state commission last week. KLTV will be at the meeting and will post live updates here.
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:32 
Smith Co. Commissioners Court is underway for the first time since Judge Joel Baker's suspension. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:39 Julia Jenaé
Only one resident spoke during public comment, Bob Brewer. He asked the court to appoint an interim judge with no conflicts. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:39 Julia Jenaé
The resident says only 1 person has the credentials, legal background, and suffered retribution from Baker in the past. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:42 Julia Jenaé
Tim McCormick fmr county Republican Party chair asks to be considered for interim county judge. #7onscene pic.twitter.com/C6NahForTV
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:43 CodyLillich
McCormick says if selected he will not run for position when term is up in 2018. #7onscene
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:44 CodyLillich
The resident doesn't say a name, but it sounds like he is talking former candidate for county judge, John Furlow. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:44 Julia Jenaé
Commissioners are now officially on the agenda item of considering action to appoint an acting county judge. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:44 Julia Jenaé
Immediate past Smith Co. Republican chair Tim McCormick came to the podium to express his interest in being appointed judge. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:45 Julia Jenaé
Next up, resident Kevin Hampton says he's served as a regional HR mgr. He suggests the court look "inside" when appointing. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:47 JuliaJenae7
The resident says if someone from within Smith Co. is selected, things will run more smoothly without the learning curve. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:48 JuliaJenae7
Commissioner Terry Phillips says he wants to 'marinate' over the options before making a decision. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:49 JuliaJenae7
Civil attorney Phillip Smith explained to the court that they need to make a decision soon for legal reasons. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:51 JuliaJenae7
Attorney Smith says the county judge position is required for upcoming budget decisions, in the event of a natural disaster. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:53 JuliaJenae7
Commissioner Hampton says they need a couple of wks so they all can agree on the person w/ the county's interest at heart. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:54 JuliaJenae7
Attorney Smith recommends no waiting more than a month. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:55 JuliaJenae7
Commissioner Phillips wants time to hear more from residents about who they want as County judge. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:56 JuliaJenae7
Commissioners agree to wait to make a decision on the judge appointment until the wk of July 18. No action to be taken today. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 9:58 JuliaJenae7
Another thing the county civil attorney said only the county judge can handle is salary grievances. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:02 JuliaJenae7
Judge Baker also presided over probate cases. Judge Floyd Getz has been handling that docket since Baker's suspension. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:03 JuliaJenae7
Judge Getz is not acting or interim county judge. The position is still not filled. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:11 JuliaJenae7
Even without a county judge, the court can still make decisions because there is a quorum. (minimum is 3 commissioners). #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:17 JuliaJenae7
Senior commissioner JoAnn Hampton is presiding over today's meeting. She is now calling for a recess then executive session. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:20 JuliaJenae7
Tuesday June 28, 2016 11:07 JuliaJenae7
A commissioners court regular handed me a few maxims for the week. :) #SmithCountyCC pic.twitter.com/GXPifMqPVx
Tuesday June 28, 2016 11:23 JuliaJenae7
Closed session is over and commissioners court is adjourned. #SmithCountyCC
Tuesday June 28, 2016 12:18 JuliaJenae7
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