Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville appointed a new Precinct 3 commissioner Monday.
Ronnie Bass was appointed by the county judge following the Sept. 30 retirement of incumbent Rodney Pollard. The commissioners accepted his resignation during a meeting Sept. 12.
“Rodney has left Ronnie in a really good situation,” Superville said Monday, referencing several bids read earlier in the meeting for equipment to be used in Precinct 3. “There are about 200 miles of road in each precinct… each commissioner only has $1 million to maintain (those roads). … It’s a tough job, but it’s vitally important.”
Superville said a formal letter will be sent to Bass offering him the position of appointee for the remainder of Pollard’s term, which ends Dec. 31. If accepted, commissioners are expected to approve his appointment at a future meeting.
Bass’ elected term will begin Jan. 1 and continue until Dec. 31, 2020.
Pollard wanted to retire to spend more time with his family and friends traveling, as well as taking his grandsons hunting and fishing, according to Superville.
Bass, the owner of Bass Tractor Repair in Caviness, is a former emergency management coordinator for Lamar County, and has been trained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief and incident command. He is currently employed by the county as a road foreman for Precinct 3.
Superville said he encouraged Pollard to retain his office until the 2016-17 county budget was approved.
“I begged Rodney to stay through budget, and he did, because it was very difficult” he said. “I wanted Ronnie to kind of see how that went. … Rodney stayed through the hardest time, I think, of the work through the summer, through October, and I really appreciate that. And I think Ronnie does, too.”
Bass will begin his duties Oct. 1 as commissioner of Precinct 3, which spans northwest Lamar County.
He was elected commissioner in March after winning the Republican primary election. With no Democrat filed to run in November, he is presumably the elect.
Bass has been married to his wife, Misty, for the last 25 years where they have lived in the Caviness community, according to a Facebook page. He has two sons and one granddaughter. He attends Lamar Point Baptist Church.