By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Parker County Elections Commission voted Monday to recommend Don Markum to the Parker County Commissioners Court as the new county elections administrator, then learned afterward that “that process didn’t need to happen,” according to Parker County Democratic Chair Penny McCool, a member of the commission.
McCool said Parker County Judge Mark Riley, commission chair, phoned her following the meeting to say the wrong procedure had been followed, and the elections commission — not the commissioners’ court — was responsible for appointing the new elections administrator.
A special meeting of the elections commission has been called for 8:15 a.m. Monday, June 9, in the historic courthouse at One Courthouse Square in Weatherford.
According to the agenda, the commission may adopt an order appointing the elections administrator and discuss the position in executive (closed) session.
An official decision is expected to follow.
Markum, who has been active in the Parker County Republican Party, has been the co-founder and director of Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship for eight years.
Five applicants were considered by the commission, McCool said, including Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins.
The commission appointed Watkins to serve in the interim after Robert Parten stepped down in late May, a day after meeting with the commission.
The county Thursday did not provide the applications and resumes of applicants as requested.