WEATHERFORD — By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Parker County Attorney’s office Monday released the resumes and applications of all candidates for the position of Parker County Elections Administrator, a post unexpectedly vacated by Robert Parten last month, a day after meeting with the Parker County Elections Commission.
Last week the Elections Commission voted to recommend Don Markum to Parker County commissioners as Parten’s replacement, then found the commission — not the court — was responsible for the appointment. A commission meeting set for June 9, slated to adopt an order appointing an elections administrator and expected to make Markum’s appointment official, was cancelled for lack of a quorum.
Co-founder and director of the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship, where he has been employed since 2006, Markum is one of six applicants for the position of elections administrator. The list also includes Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Coffee-Watkins, who has served in her position since 2008.
Other applicants are Paula Durant, administrative assistant to the county clerk; Clarence Thompson, who served as research coordinator for Parker County Precinct 4; Linda Clark, employed by Red Lobster as a bartender; and Patricia Berry, a warehouse manager for the City of Weatherford.
According to his resume, in his current post Markum has directed a staff of eight commissioners, 50 athletic directors and 250 coaches statewide, written and administered league rules, reviewed and followed state regulations for private schools, developed and administered the budget for the Texas league and negotiated and executed contracts.
He served as a teacher and coach from 1998 to 2009 at Aledo Christian School and Hill Private School in Fort Worth.
Markum listed some education at Criswell College and Tarrant County Junior College and graduation from C.F. Brewer High School.
He reported serving as a Parker County election worker for over nine years.
He is the husband of Evon Markum, Senior Vice President of Marketing at First National Bank.