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010314 Morning News Brief

Top of the Morning News Brief for Friday, January 3, 2014.
Because of the untimely death of Tax Assessor-Collector Cindy Jetton, the Tom Green County Vehicle Registration Office was temporarily closed on Thursday as required by state law.

Jetton died Thursday morning after serving 16 years in her elected position.

"She leaves a legacy of public service that should guide all that follow," said County Judge Steve Floyd after learning of Jetton's death.

Jetton passed away early Thursday morning from a lengthy illness at the age of 55. She served Tom Green County for over 30 years. Her co-workers in the vehicle registration office remembered her by hanging a wreath on the office door.

"... We pray this morning together," Chief Deputy Tax Assessor Becky Robles said of her co-workers. "And let everybody know that her family (is) in our prayers and the office will stay open and run. I've worked here since 1986. We've been together 28 years so it's very difficult for me."

Jetton's death comes in the middle of her elected term. Having three years left to serve, it is now up to the commissioner's court to appoint a new official to the position until the next election.

Cindy Jetton was a life-long San Angelo resident and a Lakeview High School graduate. She is survived by her mother and son, of San Angelo, a sister, of Big Lake, and three grandchildren.
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