County honors Prec. 5’s Dinger


Sharon Dinger was honored Tuesday, April 24, during Smith County Commissioners Court for 15 years of service to Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5.

Dinger worked three years part-time before she began working full-time for Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace James Cowart 15 years ago. She helps run the office, answering the phones, waiting on customers, and receipting mail, as well as setting pre-trials.

“The judge and my co-workers are great people to work with,” Dinger said. “We have a great working environment. It’s nice having a good job and people that get along and work well together. I’m blessed.”

Cowart said Dinger is his youngest tenured employee, since his other employees have worked for him longer. He said he has known Dinger since they were kids.

“She is dependable and she does a wonderful job for me,” Cowart said. “I appreciate all of the work she does.”

Judy “Ann” Gallagher was also honored in Commissioners Court Tuesday for 10 years of service.

Smith County Juvenile Services Director Ross Worley said she began working for the county as a juvenile supervision officer and is now a probation officer. She handles the entire caseload for the “diversionary kids.”

“She does a fantastic job,” Worley said. “Ann, congratulations.”

Patricia Clark was recognized for her five years of work for the Smith County Tax Office.

Sheridan Dowdy said Ms. Clark works in the auto dealer section, doing all of the title work for dealers and individuals buying automobiles. She handles 70 to 100 titles per day, she added.

“She always has a great attitude and we’re pleased to have her,” Ms. Dowdy said. “We appreciate everything you do.”

Other employees celebrating work anniversaries with the county this month, who were not in court, include:

20 Years: Jose Rojas, Sheriff’s Office

10 Years: Terry Brunk, Constable, Precinct 4

5 Years: Kara Barrett, Law Library; Jamie Ellis, Juvenile Services; and David Benefield, Jonathan Folmar, and Eric Whitaker, Sheriff’s Office.


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