David Morgan is expected to retire next month after having been with the county since 2007.
County Judge David Silva praised Morgan for the work he has done through the years.
“He has been such a great asset for us,” said Silva, who became county judge in 2007 and was one of those responsible for hiring Morgan.
“We can fill the job, but I don’t think we will ever be able to replace him.”
Silva said that for the past five years, Morgan has offered his expertise in everything from human resources issues to ensuring that the county is prepared in case of an emergency.
“He really has at heart what is the best for the city and county,” Silva said. Morgan’s position as emergency management coordinator is also a city position and partially funded as such.
“He did what was best for the city and county,” Silva said.
Silva said that, while he is disappointed to see Morgan leave, he understood.
“He is retiring,” Silva said. “He just wants to stay home, and I don’t blame him.”
Morgan is a retired patrol sergeant with the Department of Public Safety.
Morgan was born and raised in Bishop. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie, and joined the DPS in 1970 as a trooper. He served as a trooper until 1979, at which time he accepted a position in the private industry. He returned to the DPS in 1983 and served until he retired in 2003. For 17 years, he served in the Del Rio district.
In 2004, he served as chief of police for the city of Del Rio. When his wife retired as a bookkeeper from a Del Rio firm in 2005, they moved to Bee County, where they owned 26 acres of land.
Now, this isn’t the first time that Morgan will have retired.
Morgan said that he applied back in 2007 as emergency management coordinator because retirement was boring.
“Also, my dog got tired of looking at me all day,” he said with a chuckle during a 2007 interview. “Seriously, I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to keep my mind and body busy.”
Morgan was appointed Monday to assist in the selection of his replacement.
With him will be Silva and County Commissioner Carlos Salazar.
Initially, Silva said that he requested Commissioner Dennis DeWitt to be part of a three-member committee.
“I had asked Dennis if he would serve on that (committee),” Silva said.
“I would decline and recommend my esteemed colleague to my right,” DeWitt said, motioning to Salazar.
In all, 20 people applied for the position as emergency management coordinator.
“This morning, eight have withdrawn because of the salary,” Morgan said Monday. “There were three who had zero qualifications and were not even contacted for an interview.
“We had three requested to be interviewed by telephone because they live in Georgia, Nevada and Massachusetts.”
The committee members are expected to narrow their selection and present a finalist to the court during a future meeting.
Typically, a committee is not used to hire county employees, which prompted a lengthy discussion among the members of the court.
However, as Blandina Costley, county auditor, explained, this is not the typical position.
“This position will be your go between for the city and county,” she said. “This person will also take care of state level grants.
“They will take care of lot of more than the other type of employees that we have had.”
There was even discussion of how many finalists should be brought to the court by the committee.
Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez said, “I trust Dave Morgan and the committee enough to come up with a recommendation for court approval.”
Commissioner Ken Haggard added, “There is no reason for us to question their recommendation.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.