mckinney's last day

Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney sits at his desk one last time in his office at the Anderson County Courthouse Annex in Palestine. McKinney’s last day in office will be Sunday. The Anderson County commissioners’ court will then appoint a replacement for McKinney to fill his unexpired term.

Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney will serve his last day in office on Sunday.

“The (Anderson County) commissioners’ court will probably appoint judge (Linda Bostick) Ray on Monday,” McKinney said, referring to the court’s regularly scheduled meeting.

McKinney said he will be starting a new job, but did not want to leave the commissioners’ court until after the general election.

“I wanted to be fair to the (commissioners) court,” McKinney said. “If they would’ve had to appoint somebody before the election it would have been a difficult decision to make.”

After being elected in 1998, McKinney served the following eight years in office.

During his tenure there have been several high-profile projects accomplished such as the passing of the jail bond initiative and the building of the divisive Anderson County Courthouse Annex.

“I feel like I’m leaving the county in good shape and in good hands,” McKinney said.

McKinney lost in the Democratic Primary in March to Linda Bostick Ray, who won the general election, defeating Republican candidate Susan Perryman Evans and Independent candidate Darrell Emanuel.

Following is a letter McKinney wrote to the commissioners’ court and to the residents of Anderson County:

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Anderson County this past 21 years. Serving as County Judge the last 8 years has been a great life experience and an even greater honor. We have accomplished a great deal as a community and Commissioners Court. We looked toward, and planned for the future and the continued growth and progress that we continue to see every day in this County. I am proud of this service and of the many County officials and employees that have done, and will continue to do their part every day to meet new challenges. The people of this County are its greatest asset and I have made many friends during my service.

“It was important to me to finish out my entire term of office. I did not want to put the commissioners in a position to have to make an appointment with the election so close and have an appointment affect the election. Also, I have dedicated employees that would be impacted, but I have a family to take care of and a responsibility to them. I was offered a position in September on a new job, but they understood my concerns and allowed me a delay before reporting to work until after the election.

“I am retiring and took two weeks vacation which will end November 12, 2006. Please consider my position vacant on November 13, 2006 and the Commissioners Court can consider an appointment to fill the unexpired term. May God Bless You, Carey G. McKinney.”

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