Abbott appoints judge Hays to state commission

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed new Ector County Judge Debi Hays to the Commission on State Emergency Communications for terms through to 2023.

The commission is charged with administering the state’s 9-1-1 service program and the statewide poison control program, detailed a Tuesday release from Abbott’s office.

Hays was sworn into her position as county judge just Monday at a commissioners’ court meeting, after former county judge Ron Eckert resigned from the post.

Hays, a businesswoman of Odessa, won the Republican primary for the post in March, and immediately became the de facto next county judge as no Democratic challenged to run in November.

Cathy Skurow, mayor of Portland, Texas, was also named to the communications commission per Abbott’s release.