ENNIS — Members of the public heard about the improvements being made to county roads around Ennis and met new public officials at Tuesday night’s town hall meeting. Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson hosted the open forum.
Grayson stated that over the past year there has been a lot of progress in making improvements to roads.
“We have had a tremendous road and bridge season. We have completed over 34 miles of rehabilitated roads,” Grayson said. “Since I have taken office we have almost completed 60 miles of roadway. I couldn’t be more proud of what this road and bridge staff has done.”
Grayson stated that the list of roads his precinct road crews are working on is posted on the county’s website. He shared that his staff passed the milestone of 1,000 days with no lost time and without any incidents on Tuesday.
Following Grayson’s presentation, Ellis County Auditor Miykael Reeve spoke to the audience about her new role. Reeve replaced Mike Navarro who retired after more than 24 years of service.
“I was sworn in on Sept. 1. My office is in the historic courthouse and it is such a privilege to go and work there every day. What I do with a staff of six is that we maintain the financial records for the county. We provide the checks and balances,” Reeve stated. “Our primary responsibility is to make sure all bills and claims are in compliance with the law and the budget. We oversee the financial records and documents, and advice the commissioners' court. We assist in the preparation of the budget and prepare the financial statements.”
Before joining the county, Reeve served as the City of Red Oak’s director of finance for the past nine years. In January, the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Reeve the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for her comprehensive financial report. Reeve also served as the account manager with the City of Ovilla and a bookkeeper and auditor with Witherspoon, Yeldell, and Wilson.
“I have been a part of this profession for 18 years and it has given me the opportunity not only to learn about government but financial reporting, integrity, and teamwork. These are lessons that I use every day. There are plenty of times in an audit when you can’t look at things on the surface. I spend many hours looking at numbers to make sure they are correct before they can be used,” Reeve shared. “My team does a great job and performs thousands of audits each day to the high standard of the profession. I am truly amazed how one person in our office can make a difference. I stand here as a result of my team.”
Reeve added that she is humbled and thrilled to serve the community in this role.
Mike McCorkle, who serves as the Precinct 3 Constable, then spoke to the audience about his role with the county.
“Over the course of my career I got to spend time in many different units whether it be in investigations, patrol, or the bicycle unit,” McCorkle said. “I have got to learn many different things about police work that have come to benefit me today. I also served in the canine division with the sheriff’s office.”
McCorkle stated that after he completed his degree at Tarleton State University, he wanted to work on the leadership side of law enforcement. The constable position enables him to serve in a leadership role and continue to grow as a professional. As a constable McCorkle still fulfills the role and responsibilities of a commissioned peace officer where he enforces state and local laws. As a constable, McCorkle has the role of civil process and serves paperwork for the justice of the peace three court. McCorkle also the responsibility of court security and makes sure Judge Curtis Polk is safe during proceedings.
According to the county’s website, Precinct 3 covers part of east Waxahachie, parts of Ennis and Reagor Springs.
“I did replace a constable that left under some questionable circumstances. We are here to turn that around,” McCorkle stated. “I have got a new deputy constable. Deputy Adrian Saldana and I worked together in Cedar Hill. He and I have a total of 37 years of experience working in law enforcement. That is a lot of experience to bring to one office.”
McCorkle stated he and Saldana can bring a lot of ideas to the table and are looking forward to getting things started.
People who have questions for Grayson can reach him at the Ellis County Road and Bridge Precinct 2 at 972-825-5333. His office is located at 1400 Oak Grove Road in Ennis.