The Ellis County Facilities Citizens Oversight Committee was finalized Monday evening as county commissioners announced the remaining four members of the 15-member panel.
For his final open position, Pct. 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson selected Larry Burns, and for his three open positions, Pct. 3 Commissioner Heath Sims selected Scott Jackson, Tommy Rossa and Ken Chambers.
Per the nomination of County Judge Chad Adams at the commissioners court’s previous meeting, the committee will be chaired by former Dallas County Commissioner Roy Orr, who resides in Ovilla.
The members are listed beneath the county officer they were nominated by.
County Judge Chad Adams
A litigation partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. in Dallas, Altman is a resident of Midlothian where she serves on the board of the Corporation for the Economic Development of Midlothian, on the board of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and as the representative of Ellis and Kaufman counties to the North Texas Clean Air Coalition.
According to her biography, Altman’s law practice focus includes contract disputes, construction litigation and insurance coverage disputes.
Named a “Rising Star” of Texas law by Texas Monthly in 2005 through 2007, Altman was admitted to the Texas bar in 1995. She was educated at Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1992) and at the University of Kentucky (J.D., cum laude, 1995).
Altman and her husband, Dan, have three children.
A former Dallas County commissioner (1972-1982), Orr is a former mayor of DeSoto who resides in Ovilla. During his time as a county commissioner, Orr was elected president of the National Association of Counties and still works for the Texas Association of Counties on certain projects.
Orr attended Abilene Christian University and Southern Methodist University, worked in several business fields and is former chairman of the Democratic Party of Texas.
Orr and his wife, Janice, have been married for 55 years and have four children.
Former Ellis County Republican Party chairman, Tabor has been in the oil and gas service business for 32 years and resides in Waxahachie.
Educated at the University of Texas-Dallas, Tabor is a member of the Republic Party State Executive Committee and was a member of Gov. Rick Perry’s steering committee during the 2006 election.
Tabor and his wife, Debbie, have three children and four grandchildren.
Pct. 1 commissioner Dennis Robinson
A resident of Ferris, Barrett is a trust officer/vice-president at Bank of America, where she has worked for 30 years.
Educated at Jacksonville Baptist College, Barrett is involved with several organizations, including the Ellis County Republic Women, Republican Party elections precinct chair, Lions Club, the Lone Star chapter of the Blue Star Mothers and the Ferris Main Street Board of which she is the president.
Barrett’s husband, Rick, serves on the Ferris City Council, and they have two children and one grandchild, with another on the way.
Executive director of the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center, Wyckoff resides in the rural portion of Palmer ISD near Rockett.
A member of the Ellis County Community Planning Team, Wyckoff is a national certified behavioral healthcare executive, a state of Texas certified safety officer and certified clinical incident investigator.
Wyckoff has a degree in psychology from the University of Texas-Dallas and an M.B.A. from Amberton University.
Wyckoff and wife Roxanne, a licensed psychotherapist, moved to Palmer in 1989 and have one child.
A resident of Ellis County and Palmer since 1983, Young has served as city administrator for the city of Palmer since March 2007.
Young has a degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University. Prior to serving as city administrator, Young had retired after a career with AT&T during which he worked as a manager in procurement and inventory management.
Young and his wife, Pam, have three grown children and eight grandchildren with another on the way.
Pct. 2 commissioner Bill Dodson
A resident of Ennis, Boon worked as a printing distributor in Dallas for 35 years before retiring.
Educated at Ennis High School, Boon and his wife Ginger have three grown children.
A member of the county’s facilities sub-committee and the Friends of Ellis County political action committee, Burns works in retail/real-estate development and resides near Waxahachie.
Educated at Mountain View College and North Texas State University in business and retail management, Burns is involved with several organizations, including the Optimist Club and the West Ellis County United Way.
A resident of Ellis County for 20 years, Burns and his wife, Mary, have five children.
A former mayor of Ennis, Lewis worked for TXU Corporation for 40 years as a manager before retiring. A member of the Lions Club, Lewis was educated in business at Southern Methodist University and is a veteran of World War II.
Lewis serves on the hospital board, and he and his wife, Virginia, have one child and one grandchild.
Pct. 3 commissioner Heath Sims
Recently elected to the Midlothian City Council, Chambers is a loss control auditor for AIG and has spent 18 years in loss control.
A resident of Midlothian, Chambers was educated at Louisiana State University and moved to Texas in 1990.
He is also on the Midlothian Planning and Zoning Commission.
Chambers and his wife, Diane, have 11 grown children and 32 grandchildren.
A resident of Maypearl for nearly 70 years, Jackson is a farmer specializing in hay and cattle.
Educated in agronomy at Texas Tech University, Jackson is involved with several civic organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County, the Kiwanis Club and the Native Plant Society of Ellis County.
Jackson and his wife, Elizabeth, a tax accountant, have three grown children.
A resident of Milford, Rossa is an insurance agent for Cow Pasture and Germania Insurance in Italy.
Pct. 4 commissioner Ron Brown
A vice-president of J.P. Morgan Chase, Knight is a banker in Cedar Hill who resides in Red Oak.
Knight was educated in Texas, earning a B.B.A. in management from the University of Texas-Arlington and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He serves on the Red Oak Economic Development Corporation, as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a volunteer at the Byron Nelson EDS Classic.
Knight and his wife, Angie, have one child.
Developer of Ellis County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 (Easthaven), Moon splits his time between working as an attorney in commercial and business law and as a consultant on real estate management.
Educated at the University of Texas-Arlington and the Baylor University School of Law, Moon resides in Ovilla.
Moon and his wife, Ann, have four children and four grandchildren.
A former mayor of Ovilla, Morton ran an installation/contracting company in Dallas for 35 years specializing in mechanical work prior to his retirement.
A resident of Ovilla since 1980, Morton is on the board of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, the Ellis County Rural Rail District and serves as Republican chairman for Pct. 103 and as an election judge.
Morton and his wife, Helen, have three children.