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Brown County Auditor resigns, no reason given

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brown County Auditor Nina Cox has resigned, effective May 31.

Cox, who was initially appointed to the post in September 2001, will be on paid administrative leave until the end of the month, 35 th Judicial District Judge Stephen Ellis said in a news release. She had been reappointed to the position by Ellis every two years since taking office.

Cox had previously served as assistant Brown County audit – under ex-Brown County Auditor Rex Bessent – from 1998 until 2001.

No reason has been given for her resignation. KTXS has attempted to contact Ellis for more details.

"The auditor's job is an important one and the duties of the office must be carried out in a competent and effective manner," Ellis said. "The public expects and deserves sound financial management from county officials and employees. The district judge has general supervisor authority over the commissioner's court under Texas Law and the way that is primarily exercised is through the county auditor."

In closing, the news release focuses on Section 84.006 of the Texas Local Government Code that notes a county auditor "must be: 1) a competent accountant with at least 2 years experience in auditing and accounting; 2) thoroughly competent in public business details; 3) a person of unquestionably good moral character and intelligence."

Meanwhile, Ellis said Assistant Brown County Auditor Josie Contreras and Administrative Assistant Valerie Williams will remain in the Brown County Auditor's Office.

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