The Hays County commissioners court this afternoon appointed former Texas Ranger Tommy Ratliff to serve as sheriff until a special election in November 2010.
Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley voted against, reiterating his support for an internal candidate, the highest profile of which included Chief Deputy Sherman Brodbeck and Capt. Bo Kidd, the Buda patrol chief. Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton also said he strongly preferred an internal appointment but voted for Ratliff, he said, to create an atmosphere of unity.
Within minutes of today’s special session beginning, Ratliff emerged as the likely appointee with Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe nominating the veteran lawman for the job. Pct. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford seconded the motion.
The court will now have to appoint a replacement for Justice of the Peace O. Lamont Ramage, whose resignation becomes effective Jan. 1. Ratliff had previously been named to finish Ramage’s term and run as a Democrat for the justice of the peace bench in an 2010 election.