By JUDY SHERIDAN
After a lengthy executive session Monday, Parker County commissioners accepted the resignations of two longtime employees, Building and Grounds Director Vernon Sampley and Maintenance Supervisor Howard Ford.
The resignations, offered Monday morning, were effective immediately.
During executive session, the court interviewed Building & Grounds employee Judd Holdsclaw.
The court authorized Commissioner George Conley and Commissioner Craig Peacock to sign purchase orders for the Building and Grounds Department and supervise the department on a temporary basis.
The court also authorized Judge Mark Riley to post the position open for Building and Grounds supervisor.
The judge declined to offer additional information on the abrupt dual resignations.
Sampley, 76, said he decided Thursday to retire. He called the practice of giving two weeks notice “an option,” not a requirement.
Asked if there were any allegations of wrongdoing on his part or if he had any issues with the county, Sampley said no.
“It has nothing to do with anybody that works for the county,” he said. “I just believe it’s time to go. There’s nothing the county did to me that made me retire.”
Sampley, who has worked for Parker County for more than 20 years, said he and Ford have spent a lot of time working together.
“He always said if I left, he’d be right behind me,” he said.
Ford, who has worked for the county since 1998, could not be reached by deadline.
County spokesman Joel Kertok said both men are eligible for rehire.
In other business, the court:
• Authorized the county attorney and Commissioner George Conley to negotiate with Southwestern Gas Pipeline on a price for a 30-foot wide pipeline easement that will cross the county’s subcourthouse property in Precinct No. 1. Justin Bolles, of Southwestern, said the company was offering $12 per linear foot in compensation, but Commissioner Dusty Renfro said he knew of prices as high as $30 per linear foot.
• Voted to allow Precinct No. 3 to enter private property at the 4900 block of Fairview Road and the southwest and northeast corners of Cool Junction and Kyle Lane to improve safety and visibility of those areas. The project, a reworking of Fairview Road, involves the removal of two large oak trees on private property.