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Kelli Martin sworn in as new county treasurer

Kelli Martin was sworn in as the new treasurer for Hockley County Monday, on the heels of the county commissioners accepting the resignation of Denise Bohannon last week and appointing Martin to the position.

On December 27, the commissioners met and approved the resignation of Bohannon, effective December 31, 2021. They then took action to appoint Martin as county treasurer, as she was the only candidate to file for the position on the ballot.

Martin brings 25 years of banking experience and 16 years of bookkeeping experience to her position as treasurer.

In the fall of 2020, the commissioners issued a request for qualifications for forensic auditor to “best serve the public interest” and obtain an independent forensic audit of the county’s financial records, specifically the records of the county treasurer’s office.

Scott Say, out of Lamb County, has been appointed as the special prosecutor in the case, which Baldridge said is an internal and external investigation.

The period for which the county was seeking a forensic audit was between January 1, 2017 and June 1, 2020.

After issuing the request for qualifications and then seeking an alternative procurement process for a forensic auditor, the attorney general’s office stepped in to take over the forensic audit.

Read the full story in the mid-week edition of the News-Press.

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