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Gregg Co. court questions timing of one commissioner's nomination

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Gregg County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ronnie McKinney, left, speaks during Monday's commissioners court meeting in Longview. Gregg County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ronnie McKinney, left, speaks during Monday's commissioners court meeting in Longview.

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - This morning, a Gregg County commissioner nominated himself to represent the county on the Texas Conference on Urban Counties board, but his nomination met resistance from other commissioners in a tense meeting of the court.

Voting in someone to represent Gregg County on a state board usually takes a few seconds -- with little discussion, if any. Not today.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Darryl Primo asked the commissioners court to re-appoint him as the county's representative to the Texas Conference of Urban Counties.

Gregg county pays more than $5,600 a year to be a member of the state agency, and for several years, primo has served as the county's liaison.

Two of his colleagues say it wasn't his job to take, because the court never voted for him to represent Gregg County in the first place.

"You're welcome to step up and take the job. I've said it as clear a I can say it. For ten years, I've been doing this," Primo said.

"I'm not saying you haven't been," Precinct 1 Commissioner Ronnie McKinney, "but you must've went on your own."

"Any member of this court, as a member of the CUC, can attend the meetings," Primo countered.

First-year commissioner Ronnie McKinney says the job was never Primo's to take, because the court never voted for him.

"To be a representative of this commission, that you should have gotten the approval of the court," McKinney said. Primo responded, "Mr. McKinney, you don't know what you're talking about."

Gregg County has been a member of the commission of urban counties for more than a decade.

Primo says the county has invested millions of dollars into computer software such as Odyssey, used by several criminal justice agencies.

Because Gregg County was one an early investor in the software program, it could get dividends as more Texas counties buy in to it.

"They will pay into the system, and we will get a return on our investment," Primo said. "In other words, that will be a potential revenue stream to Gregg County."

McKinney, and Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Boyd, say they don't oppose the agency, but they want to know why Primo is nominating himself and seeking court approval  three months before he faces a challenge in the march republican primary.

Boyd says he wants to appoint someone who will communicate to the court, adding that Primo is the only Gregg County commissioner without an email address.

"You asked if this was personal and about you, and my answer is yes, to some degree it is," Boyd told Primo.

Primo says Boyd isn't using the communication he's gotten from the conference.

"The only one that hasn't been receiving the county's CUC emails, and I checked this Friday, is you," Primo told Boyd.

In the end, commissioners voted to wait before appointing someone to the board.

Primo did not vote.

County Judge Bill Stoudt says there is no penalty for anyone to represent the county with the Texas Conference of Urban Counties.

Gregg County IT Director Darold Miller is also a liaison.

Stoudt says the court will consider extending its membership with the conference when it meets next Monday morning.

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