No action yet on interim YCSO head
Young County Commissioners met Monday but made no appointment of an interim sheriff to fill Bryan Walls’ term which will end on Halloween, rather than Jan. 1.
The Young County Commissioners Court was given notice of the resignation, which is set to be effective Oct. 31. Walls requested Chief Deputy John Orr fill his role until January, when newly-elected sheriff Travis Babcock starts his term.
Young County Judge John Bullock said Orr could not fill Walls’ term due to being an out-of-county resident. Under state law, a sheriff must be a district resident for six months prior to being eligible for the office.
Bullock said that in a future meeting the court will discuss what happens in between Walls’ retirement and the end of his term.
Walls took the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2005, replacing Sheriff Carey Pettus, who held the office for 15 years. Before becoming Young County Sheriff, Walls was employed by Graham PD, a job he left in April 2004.