Reserve Citizen Airman helms Texas county

This article courtesy:
air_res_round.pngAir Reserve Personnel Center
By Master Sgt. Timm Huffman


Brint_Carlton.jpgOrange County, in Southeast Texas on the border with Louisiana and just 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, is home to more than 80,000 Texans and led by Air Force Reserve Major S. Brint Carlton.

Carlton was elected to the county’s top position in 2014 and has used the experience and leadership he gained in the Air Force to steer policy and guide his decisions.

With over 10 years of Air Force service, including time on active duty and in the traditional and individual reserve programs, Carlton has had ample time and opportunity to gain the leadership skills he uses every day in Orange County.

“I credit my leadership skills, understanding of budgets and my focus on the big picture to what I learned in the Air Force,” he said, speaking with a barely detectable southern drawl.

The Orange County native began his Air Force career in 2005 after finishing a master’s degree in health administration at the University of Florida. He spent just shy of four years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps officer. Following a deployment to the Middle East, he transferred into the traditional reserve at the 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to pursue more education. He knew that his MHA would pair well with a law degree and had seen his father’s success practicing family law, so Carlton used the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits he earned on active duty to earn both a juris doctor program and master’s degree in business administration at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. It took him 2 1/2 years.

After graduating in December 2011, he returned to Orange County to practice family law with his father. He also left the 433rd for a joint assignment at the 953rd Reserve Support Squadron at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, in 2013. He soon realized, however, that practicing family law was not for him. He applied for, and was hired, into the district attorney’s office as a juvenile prosecutor. This new position was much more to his liking. He felt the work was having a positive impact, giving children who found themselves in trouble with the law a chance at a new start while also getting justice for victims. He said it wasn’t long before some fellow county employees suggested he might do more for Orange County, asking him if he had ever thought of running for county judge.

While the word judge often invokes images of a robed figure presiding over a courtroom, Carlton said a county judge in Texas is more akin to a governor or the CEO of a company, albeit one with a judicial aspect. In Texas, some of the roles a county judge fills are as budget officer, the head of emergency management, and presiding official of the commissioner’s court. They also preside over local judicial matters such as misdemeanor, probate and civil cases.

After talking with his family and researching the role in depth, Carlton began his bid for county judge in 2014. The four-way election named no victor; Carlton earned 26 percent of the vote. The election came down to a run-off between the Airman and former county commissioner John Dubose. Carlton won 53 percent of the vote in the run-off and entered office Jan. 1, 2015.

At 32, he was one of the youngest county judges in Texas. He was also the county’s first new judge in 20 years. The people of Orange County were ready for something different, he said.

County commissioner Barry Burton, another Orange County native who was elected at the same, said the Air Force reservist brought a new style of leadership to the county. Brint is a forward thinker, he said. He’s looking five, 10, 15 years into the future and he’s finding ways to make county programs sustainable.

“In the past, the budget cycle was a year-to-year kind of thing. We don’t do it that way anymore,” said Burton.

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Independence Day 2017

Happy 4th of July Poster for Facebook and WhatsappOn Tuesday, July 4th, City of Vidor offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The Sanitation Department will run its normal Tuesday route.  Anyone desiring to make a payment to either the Sanitation Department or Municipal Court may use the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building.

Please join the City of Vidor and Americans everywhere in celebration of our Freedom!!!

Vidor Rocks Online Auction

Vidor Rocks Online Auction
Sat Jul 01 12:00 pm till Sun Jul 02 9:00pm

This is an Open To All Auction. Anyone who wants to submit a painted rock to be auctioned must drop their painted rock off at Friedeck's Garden Center. Nothing offensive please. One entry per person (Our top artists may enter more if they choose).

  • Deadline to turn rocks in June 30th closing time at Friedeck's (5pm?)
  • Please sign your art and seal it.
  • Your rock needs to be placed in a ziptop bag. Inside the bag, you need to include on a sheet of paper:
  • Name of artist
  • Age of artist if under 18
  • Title of artwork
  • Permission for Vidor Rocks to use all the money raised from your rock for the Pirate Pride Park fundraiser.
  • Your signature or parents signature If the permission and signature is not included then we will not include your rock in the auction.

All auctions close at 9pm Sunday July 2 and screenshots will be taken throughout the auction. We ask that you do not make a bid unless you plan to honor it.

All high bidders will be contacted to make arrangements for exchange after auction closes.

Checks can be made payable to The City of Vidor and memo Pirate Pride Park.

The auction will take place at the VIDOR ROCKS FaceBook Group.


Click-it Or Ticket Brings Results

19247770_1097581423718525_4363579803101456007_n.jpg June 14, 2017 PRESS RELEASE
 The Vidor Police Department teamed up with the Texas Department Of Transportation for the annual Click it or Ticket campaign May 22nd through Jue 4th 2017. The purpose of this program is to reduce traffic injuries and death in our community due to people forgetting, or just refusing to use their safety belt. 

 Safety belts were one of the first pieces of safety equipment mandated by the Highway Safety Act of 1966 to be standard equipment on every automobile. Since the enactment of the law, in addition to seat belts and shatter proof glass the automotive industry has invented padded vehicle interiors, crunch zones, and now smart air bags, all to protect the occupants of the vehicle. We have also seen the requirement of better protection of our children through the use of child passenger safety seats. The only piece of equipment that requires a choice is the use of safety restraints.

 During the 14 day operation our patrol officers dedicated 79.5 hours to this life saving effort. Through our efforts the local compliance rate increased by 47%.

 The Vidor Police Department is dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of our community and we believe lives were saved during this operation by our efforts.


Golden Triangle Seminoles Tryouts

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived. The tryout dates have been posted above.

Here's your chance to relive the glory days or a chance to further your career. Maybe you were overlooked, well fix it.

The Golden Tiangle Seminoles are looking for new talent to mix with the returning talent. New players can make one of the two tryouts.

Good luck!!!

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