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Wilhelm chosen to replace Judge Carroll

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
ELLIS COUNTY - After six lengthy interviews and an executive session lasting more than an hour, Ellis County Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint County Treasurer Greg Wilhelm to fill the position left open by the resignation of County Court at Law Judge Bob Carroll.

The interviews, held in open court, began at 9 a.m. with County Judge Chad Adams noting the court had chosen the process with an eye toward transparency. 'It speaks well of the members of this court, that there is this strong governing value to be as transparent as possible in this process,' Adams said.

Commissioners set the process during a special meeting on April 3. Interested candidates were directed to file with the county judge's office, by means of a letter and resume, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 9.

'Those letters and resumes were immediately forwarded to all of the commissioners,' said Adams. 'And they, in turn, notified me in writing with regard to candidates of interest.'

Candidates of interest submitted by the commissioners made up the short list and were notified on Thursday to appear for the interviews.

Along with Wilhelm, commissioners interviewed Scott E. Kurth of Ovilla and C. Denean Avery, Carol V. Bush, Danny Freisner and Ron Wilkinson of Waxahachie.

Wilhelm resides in Midlothian.

'I will maintain the current quality of the court in all areas by extending the principles of responsibility, accountability, fairness and evenhandedness, just as the citizens have come to expect,' said Wilhelm in his introductory remarks.

'But beyond this, it is my commitment to advance an aggressive, new initiative that will focus on reducing costs and running and operating a leaner CPS Court program for the benefit of the taxpayers of our county.'

Additionally, Wilhelm noted, he was the only one of the candidates who had successfully run in a county-wide election.

'The people elected me, not just to be treasurer, but to serve this county,' he added.

Each applicant was asked to answer the same set of questions, which had been proposed by the members of the court.

'I'll put forth the questions, initially at least,' said Adams. 'But, Commissioners, feel free to jump in at any time.'

The questions ranged from, 'What are your personal priorities/agenda in life?' to 'Are you certified by the State Board of Texas pursuant to Section 647A of the Probate Code to act in Guardianship cases?'

With experience in the law ranging from 5-41 years and running the gamut of legal specializations, the applicants were all impressive, making the court's decision difficult.

In the end, however, Wilhelm garnered the only nomination and received unanimous approval of the court.

He will take up the gavel on May 1.

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