The Young County Commissioners Court will hold a special session closed meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13 to discuss options regarding County Attorney Dayne Miller's recent application to run for the Graham hospital board, an action that is prohibited by state law.
According to the Texas Constitution Section 16.65 (b), if any current officeholders, including the county attorney, “shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one year and 30 days, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled.”
Young County Election Administrator Lauren Sullivan said that Miller tried to recall his hospital board application, but the deadline to do so had already passed, so legally, there was nothing she could do about it.
“It's unfortunate, because it's one of those things that is not grey in the law but is easily overlooked,” said County Judge John Bullock.
Bullock said that several outcomes could result from the meeting, but he could not comment further until after the closed session on Thursday.
The Graham Leader will update this story as events become known.