New magistrates face record challenge

March 9, 2015
Magistrate Jason Lake supervises as private contractor Chester Elam clears the side roads in District 4.

Magistrate Jason Lake supervises as private contractor Chester Elam clears the side roads in District 4.

New magistrates learn their jobs the hard way


By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

Try as they might, the city, county and state road crews simply could not keep up with the demands for their services during last week’s snowstorm.

They needed all the help they could get.

Days later people could not pull out onto a hilly or curvy road because the roads were still too slick with ice and/or snow.

Suddenly, a backhoe comes along and pushes snow off the hill in front of the house. There’s nothing on his equipment that says he’s a state, county or city employee.

That’s because the county’s newest magistrates, District 4 Magistrate Jason Lake or District 2 Magistrate Stacey Roark, got permission from the county judge executive to hire some help. Together with their contractors, the magistrates were out from daylight to dusk taking care of some of the side roads the regular road crews simply hadn’t been able to get to during last week’s debilitating snowfall.

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