INTERVIEW: Parrish says faith will guide term as Lubbock county

INTERVIEW: Parrish says faith will guide term as Lubbock county judge

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Curtis Parrish will be sworn in as Lubbock County Judge New Year's Day and plans to "hit the ground running" at the next commissioners court meeting Wednesday, Jan. 2. Parrish won the Republican party primary runoff race in May, carrying 54 percent of the votes. 

A guest on the News@Nine Monday, Parrish said he and the other incoming commissioners -- Jason Corley and Chad Seay -- have already put in a lot of prep time.

"I've really had seven months to prepare for this job," he said,"and have spent that time talking to department heads, to the employees of Lubbock County, listening to them and hearing what their needs are." 

Parrish said he plans to revisit salaries and the budgetary process. He said county commissioners are going to make sure those salaries are in-line with what Lubbock County needs. He said he plans to compare averages from around the state and with counties the size of Lubbock. 

"Now there's something those individual commissioners can do to lower their salary themselves," Parrish said, "but we will be revisiting salaries come budget time this summer."

A focal point of Parrish's campaign is fixing roads and has been working on a Comprehensive Roads Plan for Lubbock County. 

"This comprehensive plan, as it's being put together, we're talking with, not just roads and bridge people that work for Lubbock County, but talking to independent school districts, talking to communities of Lubbock County," he said. 

Parrish hopes the comprehensive roads plan will be released to the public soon and said it is an ongoing process. 

Parrish said his faith will play a major role as an administrative leader of Lubbock County, indicating his faith helps guide his moral compass.

"I know we just got through with this Christmas season, the advent season," he explained. "One of the verses that comes up a lot is out of Isaiah, it's the prophecy of Jesus, saying that 'for unto us a child is born, for unto us a son is given.' Then, the next line says, 'and the government shall be upon His shoulders.'

"Now, that takes on a whole new meaning for me," he continued, "as the leader of Lubbock County, I want to make sure that the government stands on the shoulders of Jesus Christ."

Parrish, Seay (Pct. 4), and Corley (Pct. 2) will take their oaths of office Tuesday at noon at the Lubbock County Courthouse. They will join commissioners Bill McCay (Pct. 1) and Gilbert Flores (Pct. 3).

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