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By BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

Hays County Judge Elizabeth Sumter, who campaigned partly on her predecessor’s absenteeism, closed her county office for a day this summer to a hold a garage sale.

In an Aug. 23 e-mail, Sumter wrote county employees that she and her staff “will not be in office Friday, tomorrow.”

“We have decided to take a break from each other (snicker). Actually we will all be together staffing a garage sale in Wimberley. Sadly, we all three have more stuff than we need,” Sumter wrote in the brief message to department heads, adding that she would be available by cell phone. Sumter did not return phone calls for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Newstreamz obtained the e-mail last week through a Public Information Act request. On Monday, the publication requested work records for the judge’s secretary and assistant, who are employees of the county.

At speaking engagements during her barnstorming campaign last year, Sumter frequently criticized former County Judge Jim Powers for keeping sporadic office hours. “I will be a fulltime judge,” she said at a forum in Kyle hosted by the Hays County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, a mantra she repeated as part of her standard stump speech.

brad@newstreamz.com

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12 thoughts on “Sumter closed judge’s office for garage sale

  1. Yeah… So this confirms what everyone who knows her aready knows: Liz is a lightweight and an amateur. How stupid and juvenile (snicker). It’s going to come back on us Dems that we elected her.

  2. The lightweight and amateur in this case is Brad Rollins. The guy’s a second rate reporter, known throughout the county as not checking out the facts. He’s also a well-known lackey for Commissioner Conley.

  3. Can’t wait to see what Mr. Rollins reports after he checks out the time sheets. He’s the one who’s known around San Marcos as a lightweight reporter and someone who is often short on the facts.

  4. Am I missing something here? What’s the story? This reads like silly gossip. I’d be better off watching Barbara Walters and The View!

    I live in fear that I’ll visit your site again, only to see an article written by Miss Teenage South Carolina. You remember her, don’t you — “such as the Iraq and such as The America and the maps that never got to the people who needed them, such as and so forth.”

    Pleaze NewstreamZ — give us a break.

  5. I think you’re too generous, Joseph P. This isn’t amateurism or naivete — this is incompetence and a slap in the face to the citizens of Hays County, especially those who believed her and voted for her. And can we say… Shoot the messenger? Give them hell, Brad Rollins!

  6. To put it very mildly, this Judge and Court has had more workshops already and gotten more done than the Judge and Court in previous years, by MILES. You are clearly digging for dirt that you are having trouble finding, to go after this story in your initial launch! Try to write about real stories. We have enough going on that is not being covered that you can find some real things to write about, but it may require going to interminable meetings. I feel your pain. I appreciate how much work the current Judge and Court are taking on, and trust them to handle issues in a professional and thoughtful way, and in time to make a difference. For instance, they did a great job recently in asking that all parks bond requests go through the Parks Committee—that is good news and a good precedent. The Austin paper ran an okay somewhat factual story on that, though there was a lot of info left out, but their headline was completely wrong, attacking the Parks Committee. That would be a good kind of story to expose to the public.
    Dianne Wassenich

  7. Liz Sumter is hardworking and puts in lots of after-hours time. Why is it news when she takes a day off?

  8. I appreciate that we will disagree from time to time — if not more often — about what is covered here and how it is covered. The beauty of an interactive Web site is that all can have their say. Please keep the feedback coming. Brad

  9. Congratulations, Brad, on providing another source of information for Hays County citizens. The “open marketplace” with lots of different voices is always better than a single source of information. I hope you will bring us information to make Hays County a better place for all of us to live. Most of all, I hope you will be dedicated to the best principles of journalism.

    If you have a hidden agenda, readers will figure it out pretty quickly. The combination of the Will Conley banner ad and the anti-Judge Sumter lead story look suspicious, but I’ll withhold judgment for a while.

    Joseph Pulitzer’s has often been called the greatest American journalist. Check out what he said about the obligations of journalism. They have to do with the journalist’s obligation to protect the least powerful in the community. The most powerful don’t need anybody’s help. Finley Peter Dunn said it even better. Journalism’s role, he said, is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Good luck in that endeavor.

  10. I for one am willing to overlook a mountain of startup hickups in the name of having an additional news source. Anything worth reading in the record can be cunsumed in about five minutes. I’m hoping Brad and company will be at the council and P&Z meetings and let us know the high points so we don’t have to sit through the poorly produced broadcast on TV. I’m glad I caught the link in the Corridor Council newsletter to remind me to check out NewStreamz again. Keep after it Brad!

  11. Hahahaha I can’t believe how quickly all these people came on here just because of this one story. ROFL. I say keep on reporting what one person called “gossip”, seems it will be good for business.

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