In Bandera County at least, it appears the best hedge against a still-failing economy is to have a relative or friend already hard at work for the county. Using information obtained by the Texas Open Records Act, the Courier has learned that seven of the newly hired jailers are related to or friends of current employees of the sheriff’s office. ...Ouch! Read the rest. Pretty darn good coverage for a rural county paper.
The fact that the majority of the hires are related to or indicated a friendship with BCSO employees – in addition that most lack previous jail experience – has rubbed some citizens the wrong way.
The Sheriff is an elected official; whaddya think? Is this okay or should the hiring process be more democratic?