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Chambers receives certification as a County Investment Officer

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Diana Buckley

Ellis County Communications

WAXAHACHIE - First Assistant Auditor Cheryl Chambers was recognized in commissioners’ court on Monday, Dec. 14 for obtaining her certification as a County Investment Officer.

"This involves a lot of hard work, and I appreciate you going the extra mile," said County Judge Carol Bush.

"It is not an easy exam – it requires a lot of discipline and mastery, and I am proud to have you here as our assistant auditor with this type of credential."

The Texas Association of Counties has provided formal education for county investment officers, including an optional certification program, since 1992.

The educational process is designed to ensure that employees have a thorough understanding of investing public funds, above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by the Texas Legislature.

Chambers is only the sixth Ellis County employee to successfully complete this process, joining former County Treasurer Mark Price, former County Treasurer Ron Langenheder, former Assistant County Auditor Yvonne W. Odom, current County Treasurer Judy Burden, and current County Auditor Michael S. Navarro, CPA.

"We are proud of Cheryl," said Navarro.

"It says a lot about your commitment to professionalism and professional development," said Bush.

Commissioners also approved the assignment of a tax abatement from Alliance Data Services, Inc. to Direct Energy Operations, Inc. for the remainder of the tax abatement agreement.

"This is a much larger company, and I think it is very good for the county," said Commissioner Bill Dodson, pct. 2.

"The parking lot is full during the day – previously it was half or two thirds full."

Direct Energy is reportedly closing its Richardson call center and offering employees the opportunity to relocate to Ennis.

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