Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

March 28, 2013

Treasurer’s death stuns friends, co-workers

Service for Jim Thorp is Friday afternoon in Aledo

By JUDY SHERIDAN

Parker County Public Information Officer Joel Kertok said he spoke with Treasurer Jim Thorp on Monday. If he knew it would be the last time he would see Thorp alive, he would have ended their conversation much differently.

“I’ve worked with Jim for 12 years,” he said. “If I’d known I’d never see him again, I would have given him a hug or something. It’s so shocking and sad to lose a friend and coworker.”

The 50-year-old Thorp died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday. On his way to a lunch engagement, he reportedly walked into Tri Cities Urgent Care Clinic in Willow Park with chest pains and collapsed. He was transferred to Weatherford Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Thorp’s funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Aledo United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Oak and Pecan streets in Aledo.

Prompted by the sudden death, Parker County Commissioners met in emergency session Wednesday to authorize Chief Deputy Treasurer Dawn Norfleet to temporarily oversee operations until commissioners determine a long-term solution.

The court voted 4-0, with Commissioner Dusty Renfro absent, to authorize the chief deputy to sign any necessary documents and secure a temporary short-term bond, payable to the county judge. In addition, commissioners authorized the judge as a secondary signatory on any documents needed to continue operation of the treasurer’s office.

The emergency action was taken to “make sure there are no gaps in operation,” according to County Judge Mark Riley.

County Attorney John Forrest said the court’s authorization officially recognized the chief deputy’s “de facto” status as a signatory, ensuring that financial agencies would also do so.

While the county treasurer is elected, the chief deputy is appointed.

Text Only
Front Page
  • Splash Kingdom suspect Water park burglar sought

    Weatherford and Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month. 

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks