By BILL BAUMBACH
Collin County Observer
The District Judges in Collin County have appointed attorney Andrea Stroh as District Clerk to serve until the November 2012 election.
Stroh told us that she hope she can bring the office a “fresh perspective”, with no ties to any members in that office and courthouse.
Stroh said she hope she could, “elevate the office of District Clerk,” by being dedicated, “through time to restore the citizens’ faith in their department and the elections”.
She will file for candidacy, in the GOP primary, for the remainder of the term ending in 2014.
Interim District Clerk Judy Blazier had already made plans to retire at the end of this month. She told the Collin County Observer that she had absolutely no desire to be the District Clerk, but that she would keep the office operating until the judges choose a replacement.
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Judy Blazier has been promoted to interim District Clerk for Collin County.
A day earlier, Patricia Wysong Crigger and Rebecca Littrell were convicted of abuse of official capacity and conspiracy to commit abuse of official capacity. Sherry Bell was convicted of conspiracy to commit abuse of official capacity.
Crigger and Littrell were sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation. Bell is sentenced to two years of probation. None will remain in the district clerks office.
Because convicted felons can not hold a public office in Texas, Crigger has been removed from her duties as Collin County district clerk by the judge. After replacing Crigger on Wednesday, Blazier fired Littrell and Bell.
The case involved performing 2010 reelection campaign work on county time.
Former District Clerk Hannah Kunkle was found not guilty of abuse of official capacity and conspiracy to commit abuse of official capacity. Crigger, a longtime employee, ran for election to replace Kunkle.
The Judge Wooten case
In November, state District Judge Suzanne Wooten was convicted on bribery charges by a jury. Charges said the judge took money during the 2008 campaign in exchange for future favorable rulings. Wooten was given (10 years) probation and stepped down as 380th District Court judge. She also received a $10,000 fine.