by BILL PETERSON
SAN MARCOS – Hays County Judge Liz Sumter took a double whammy at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the commissioners court over her recusal from discussing or voting on a controversial parks issue.
Sumter bowed out of the debate concerning $1.6 million for football fields to fund infrastructure for football fields at the Village in San Marcos, a complex of social service agencies at Reimer Avenue and Hunter Road. Sumter cited her participation on a social services board with an interest in the Village, then handed the gavel to Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford as she started walking off the bench.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton immediately objected, arguing first that courthouse tradition requires that the gavel be passed to the court’s senior member when the judge isn’t present to preside. That would be Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe.
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