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Trailblazer Wisenbaker Retires After 20-Year Commissioner Career

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Commissioner Precinct 1 Beth Wisenbaker and State Representative Dan Flynn

Hopkins County Commissioner in Precinct 1 Beth Wisenbaker is retiring at the end of the year after a 20-year career on the Commissioners Court. She said she was a trailblazer as a woman on the male dominated court.

When Commissioner Wisenbaker started in 1997, Joe Minter was County Judge and the other commissioners were H.W. Halcomb, Don Patterson and Calvin Prince. She said they weren’t quite sure about a woman on the court. However Ms. Wisenbaker said they were wonderful to work with. She did admit that she was an easy target for the jokes they would pull on her. She said she appreciated the people that trusted her and put her on the court 20 years ago.

Ms. Wisenbaker said she was up front during the campaign claiming a good business background but admitting that she would need to learn about road construction. She said what she still does not know how to do is build a road without the appropriate amount of money to do so.

Ms. Wisenbaker said she would leave the precinct in better shape when when she started. She cited several accomplishments during her tenure on the court stressing we did these things and not just I. Included were courthouse restoration, the county fire station that brought EMS vehicles south of I-30, the Equine Pavilion, a new Auditorium through an interlocal agreement with the Sulphur Springs School District and the new County Jail.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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