More responsibilities just landed in the lap of the Grimes County Commissioners, as its human resource manager reported the Texas Association of Counties will no longer check new county hires whose job entails them driving county vehicles.
Lucy Pope reported that TAC used to check all new county hires and insure them after inspecting their record, or if they had too many points against them, she told the court TAC would then instruct the county to let them go.
The sheriff’s office is already checking their employee driver records, Pope told Commissioners, adding fellow county officials agree that Grimes is now going to have to pick up the slack.
She said that she, the auditor and road and bridge engineer talked and agreed to check records of the county’s 67 road and bridge employees who drive vehicles and operate machinery at least once a year to make sure they are employable.
But before it starts checking employee driving records, County Judge Ben Lehman told Pope they’ll need a form that new employees hired to drive will need to sign, releasing their records for review.
Then following a brief discussion, the court unanimously approved an agreement for the state to release Grimes County employee driver records to the county for the next three years.