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12/18/06-Tyler

Smith County Commissioners Say Goodbye To Judge Dempsey And Commissioner Stein

There were quite a few tears shed in Smith County Commissioners court this morning.   Today, commissioners held their last meeting of the year.

Commissioners said their goodbyes to Smith County Judge Becky Dempsey and Smith County Precinct 2 Commissioner David Stein. They were both surprised with plaques, thanking them for their service.

"They were happy tears for the experience. They were sad tears because we will not be working together as a court anymore, but truly happy tears for the experience," said Judge Dempsey. 

"It's not about county. It's not about city. It' not about government. It's about community. It's about people wanting to live in an area where they can live and raise a family if they choose happily and peacefully," said commissioner Stein.

Judge Dempsey said once her term is up on December 31st, she plans to take some time off, but she'll be around on call. Commissioner Stein says he's looking at a couple of options, some of them involving public speaking.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting ortega@kltv.com

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