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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.

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