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Judge Carroll resigns

Judge Bob Carroll stunned the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court and members of the public at this week’s meeting by announcing his resignation, effective at midnight on April 30.
Judge Bob Carroll stunned the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court and members of the public at this week’s meeting by announcing his resignation, effective at midnight on April 30.
“For over a decade, I have attempted to faithfully and honorably serve the citizens of Ellis County,” Carroll said. “After prayerful consideration, I believe God is leading me back into the private sector. I also believe it is time for fresh leadership. Therefore, with the utmost humility, I am resigning the position of Judge for Ellis County Court-at-Law Number One.”
Never one to take himself too seriously, Carroll tried to make light of the announcement by closing with a joke. But shock registered on faces throughout the courtroom, where an almost-capacity crowd had assembled to hear the Court’s proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Many, including members of the Court, were overcome with emotion.
Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4, cleared his throat and broke the heavy silence.
“I wish you had told a better joke,” Brown said. “Because I’m not happy right now. I’ve enjoyed working with you. You’ll be missed in a lot of different areas.”
All present stood and answered Carroll’s announcement with resounding applause, not once but twice, with Carroll and his wife, Kathy, leaving the courtroom before the business of the Court could resume. Although the Court turned its attention to the issues at hand, the somber mood created by Carroll’s suprising announcement was never lifted.
Carroll is well known for his compassionate dedication to the families, and especially the children, involved in CPS Court cases and for his strong and effective leadership. His program of Early Intervention Services was twice recognized in the last few years for its exceptional results. In 2005, Carroll was recognized by the Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation, receiving a County Best Practices award for Exceptional Delivery of Service in the Health and Human Services Division. In 2006, the program garnered national accolades when the National Association of Counties chose Ellis County to receive the prestigious County Courthouse Award.
Carroll has presided over Ellis County’s Court-at-law Number One since November, 1996. He and Kathy live in Midlothian, Texas, with their two children – seven-year-old son Shane and five-year-old daughter Shelby – and are active members of Midlothian Bible Church. Carroll is a long-time member of Rotary International, a founding Director of Hope Clinic, which serves the working poor, and works with a number of other charitable support organizations.
“(We) will continue to live at our home here in Ellis County,” Carroll told Commissioners. “And we plan to remain very involved in the community.”
In approving a proclamation declaring April, 2007 as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Ellis County, the Court recognized some 25 individuals in attendance at the meeting.
“Thank you, once again, for your service to the community,” Adams said.
In other business, Commissioners:
• Approved a bid for finish-out and carpet for the new offices for Constable, Pct. 4;
• Heard a presentation of the 2006 Racial Profiling Report from Constable, Pct. 4;
• Approved an addendum to the LGS monthly charges for services provided to the District Attorney’s office by $210.00 per month, from funds already available in the FY 2006-2007 budget;
• Adopted an order authorizing certain Sheriff’s Department vehicles to be exempt from the inscription requirement in the Transportation Code and to appoint representatives to obtain license plates to be used on those exempt vehicles;
• Approved a work order for the City of Ferris;
• Discussed options for financing county facilities in Ennis, Red Oak and Midlothian locations with County Financial Advisor Jim Sabonis;
• Approved a resolution expressing the Court’s commitment to provide access to County services in all communities throughout the County as those communities continue to grow;
• Took no action on a lengthier resolution on the same issue;
• Denied a proposal to charge the County Engineer’s Office and County Planner with beginning the process for planning and purchase of properties in Ennis, Red Oak and Midlothian;
• Awarded bids for purchase of a 2003 F750 Ford Cab and Chassis Truck, two Ford Expeditions, and a Gradeall piece of equipment under the Purchasing Department;
• Took no action on a proposed agreement with HGAC for the supply of electric service to all County facilities;
• Granted two variances and one preliminary plat under the Department of Development;
• Tabled a request to approve a location for a new salvage yard at 3230 S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

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