New Precinct 4 county commissioner Cagle sworn in today

October 4, 2011 9:46:45 AM PDT
Precinct 4 commissioner designate "Cactus" Jack Cagle was sworn into office this morning, a day after it was announced he would replace disgraced former Commissioner Jerry Eversole.

With his wife, two children and Pastor Ed Young from Second Baptist Church at his side, Judge Cagle officially became Commissioner Cagle for Precinct 4.

After the swearing in, the meeting convened to discuss the mid-year review, an ideal place to start his job, according to Commissioner Cagle, because he says it will give him a clear idea of how the budget is working for his 1.2 million constituents.

The focus of the meeting was on the sheriff's department, which is $11 million over its $393 million budget.

The general fund is down by $126.6 million, a reduction of 9.4 percent compared to last year. The $1.2 billion general fund was approved months ago, but the issues raised continue. The cuts were made in many departments by cutting county employee jobs.

Commissioner Cagle spoke briefly this morning and said he is not planning on making changes right now, saying it is too early for him to have any opinion about the budget and he is "still learning."

His nickname, "Cactus Jack," came from his grandfather. It was the nickname of John Nance Gardner, who was Vice President under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

There is a lot of pressure to restore trust in Precinct 4 after Commissioner Jerry Eversole resigned as part of his plea deal for lying to a federal agent about gifts he received from developer Mike Surface.

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