City Council; County Commissioners’ Court Roundup

City of Amarillo

In lieu of a regular City Council meeting, the city of Amarillo held an Onboarding Workshop Tuesday morning to allow newly elected Mayor Cole Stanley and new council members Tom Scherlen and Don Tipps to get acclimated to organizational structure and protocol when it comes to discussions and presentations. Stanley served as a city council member for two years prior to becoming mayor. 

With runoff elections scheduled for two of the four city council seats later next month, Place 1 will remain open while Place 4 will be filled by Howard Smith who did not seek re-election.

Randall County Commissioners’ Court

Among the agenda items Tuesday morning for Judge Christy Dyer and the four commissioners (one by way of Zoom) were Kayla Lanford’s approval for Extension Agent 4-H & Youth Development for Randall County beginning June 1. Landford was approved in a 5-0 vote.

Judge Dyer and the commissioners deviated from the agenda briefly for a closed-door deliberation of economic development negotiations concerning a couple of projects.

After returning to the dais, they resumed the agenda, approving the appointment of Upshaw Insurance as the county’s broker for ancillary benefits and coverages offered to county personnel. That vote passed, 5-0.  

Potter County Commissioners’ Court

Potter County Commissioners and Judge Nancy Tanner met Monday. Included on the agenda were a change in pharmacy coverage of at-home COVID-19 test kits and FDA-authorized vaccines due to the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The upcoming runoff elections were also on the agenda with consideration to:

  • Order Appointing Early Voting Judges, Locations and Hours
  • Order Appointing Officers for the Early Voting Ballot Board
  • Order Appointing Officers for the Central County Station

The runoff elections are set for June 24th.

The Commissioners’ Court also approved the use of the county courthouse lawn for a June 5th fundraiser to benefit the family of Sgt. Jay Claxton of the Randall County Sheriff’s Office.

Christy Benge, who has served as the Deputy Elections Administrator will take over as Elections Administrator for the retiring Melynn Huntley effective June 2.