Commissioners will vote Monday to approve a proposed calendar featuring Ector County Law Enforcement to benefit the county enrichment fund.
The calendar, called the “United We Stand” calendar, will be put together by Ector County Administrative Assistant Debbie Clay in an effort to show appreciation to the law enforcement in the county.
“I think this would be a great leadership tool to support law enforcement and first responders,” Clay said. “I think that we can all do better and show our appreciation to county employees as a whole.”
The calendar will feature photos from every sector of Ector County law enforcement, including the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, courthouse security and county environmental officers who have to go out in the field for any type of environmental situation.
Clay said the money raised by the calendars will be put toward the Ector County Enrichment Fund, a fund used to benefit county employees. County Auditor David Austin said the fund is typically used for county-elected officials or county employees retiring, or for other purposes such as sending flowers if there’s a death in the family of an employee.
Austin said the fund has been established long before he ever came to the county, and money is raised for it through vending machines in county buildings. Any time somebody buys a candy bar from a courthouse vending machine, another dollar is added to the enrichment fund. Austin said the fund raises around $7,000 a year through these means.
Clay said she hoped to use the funds raised from the calendar sales to include some leadership training for county employees. She said she would like to have a Leadership Ector County similar to Leadership Odessa, a program offered by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce offering classes related to government, business, social services and more.
Sheriff Mike Griffis said he thought the calendar was a great idea and a great way to raise money for the county enrichment fund.
This is the second time Clay has made a calendar raising money. In 2003, Clay put together a calendar for Ector County that raised around $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
“We sold them like crazy last time,” Clay said. “I just think that the timing is so good right now, especially with how people are treating all law enforcement across the country.”
Commissioners will vote on the proposed calendar during their regularly scheduled meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Ector County Courthouse Annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.