Monday, February 19, 2018

Gregg County commissioner to resign Dec. 31

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Oct. 24, 2017 at 11:20 p.m.
Updated Oct. 25, 2017 at 6:48 a.m.

Gregg County Commissioner Precinct 4 incumbent John Mathis speaks during a political forum hosted by the NAACP, on Thursday February 13, 2014, in the Broughton Recreation Center. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

John Mathis submitted his resignation Tuesday as Gregg County Pct. 4 commissioner effective Dec. 31, and a replacement is not expected to be appointed by County Judge Bill Stoudt.

"After serving Gregg County for 11 years as commissioner, I feel like it's time to step down and spend time with family and enjoy my hobbies," the three-term commissioner stated in his resignation letter to Stoudt.

The announcement came a day after Mathis endorsed Longview Councilwoman Kasha Williams as his successor on the Gregg County Commissioners Court. Williams announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination Monday on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn as Mathis said he would not seek re-election next year.

"He just said there are some things in his life that he wants to do," Stoudt said about his conversation Tuesday with Mathis.

Stoudt said he does not plan to appoint someone to Mathis' unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2018. If no one seeks the Republican nomination for the seat after the March primaries, the court may appoint the Democratic primary winner to fill the unexpired term, Stoudt said, but he added that the court will listen to the will of the people because "the people of Precinct 4 could make a better choice for their commissioner."

Mathis has served Gregg County since 1972 when he was a reserve peace officer, later joining the Gregg County Sheriff's Office full time after more than a decade.

"I love talking to people and helping them with their problems. When I was elected, that was what I was elected for — to help people and serve the county," Mathis said, adding that stepping down from the court had been on his mind for some time.

"I enjoyed working for the county these 43 years," he said. "It's just time for me to step down, enjoy life and be with my family."

Stoudt called Mathis a good commissioner.

"He's cared a great deal about Precinct 4, and we've tried together over the years to better the fleet and equipment to make sure we got the job done in Precinct 4," Stoudt said, "and I think he did that."

Resignation letter



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