Liberty County has new Jail Administrator

On Monday Morning Liberty County Judge Jay Knight gaveled a special called commissioner’s court meeting to order. The purpose was to approve a budget amendment to create a new position of Jail Administrator for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department.  Precinct #2 Co. Commissioner Greg Arthur was present in chambers and Precinct #4 Co. Commissioner Leon Wilson attended via Zoom. Liberty County Treasurer Kim Harris asked if the Sheriff Bobby Rader will sign off on the new hire paperwork for which the sheriff will be responsible. The single issue on the agenda was to create a new jail administrator position.  Liberty County Administrative Assistant Joan Belt identified the new person to occupy the job as Jail Administrator, as Raye Carnes. She will be paid a yearly pay of 70,000 dollars along with an auto expense reimbursement of 20,000 dollars. The new position became effective when the Commissioners Court approved the budget amendment.  Raye Carnes is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and has served as a Warden for the Community Educations Center for the TDCJ since October of 2012. Incidentally Raye Carnes is a former warden here at the Liberty County Jail and is now returning to accept this new post in Liberty. She is a resident of the Tarkington Prairie area. The three members of the court that were present, Judge Knight, Commissioners Arthur and Wilson all voted in favor of the action and to hire Ms. Carnes for that new job.