During a press conference on Monday morning, December 15, 2008, the Bridges family expressed their gratitude to Hays County citizens for their support as the family grieves the tragic loss of the late Sheriff Allen Bridges.
“Hays County lost a faithful, unwavering servant,” said Kathy Bridges, the late Sheriff’s wife. “My family and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible love and support you have shown for us during this most difficult time.”
The family also named Chief Deputy Sherman Brodbeck as their preferred replacement for Hays County Sheriff. Bridges spoke of her late husband’s admiration of Chief Deputy Brodbeck and called on the Commissioner’s Court to act quickly.
“Allen chose Chief Brodeck, calling him back from retirement, because Allen knew he was a true man of integrity, with natural leadership qualities and above all, honesty. I ask that this appointment of Chief Brodbeck be confirmed by this Court tomorrow morning,” Bridges said.
After the Bridges family delivered their statement, County Commissioner Will Conley stepped up to the podium to answer questions about the process of filling the Sheriff’s position. Conley, a close friend of the Bridges family, noted that the Court “…has a process in which we are now required by law to fulfill an appointment for the next 24 months.”
Conley expressed his opinion that in order to create a smooth transition, the appointment of Sheriff should come from within the Sheriff’s office. “It’s a huge position, one of the major positions in the County and I think that it would be appropriate for the next 24 months to fill that position with somebody internal within the office. If you have something working correctly, then why change it now?” asked Conley.
Conley estimates that there have been 15 to 20 people who have expressed interest in the Sheriff’s position and that Deputy Brodbeck would only fulfill the appointment of Sheriff for the next 24 months and has no intentions of running in the next election, leaving the seat of Sheriff open in 2010. According to Conley, this issue will be on the Commissioners Court agenda tomorrow morning and will be open for public discussion around 9:30 am.
Story and photos by Christina Zambrano
Email | Print