Robertson County Jail and Sheriff’s Office cuts the ribbon

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  • Jerry Stover of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office addresses a large crowd at the ribbon cutting ceremony. DENNIS PHILLIPS | FRANKLIN ADVOCATE
    Jerry Stover of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office addresses a large crowd at the ribbon cutting ceremony. DENNIS PHILLIPS | FRANKLIN ADVOCATE
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18-months ago, the Robertson County Commissioner’s Court approved the plans to build a state-of-the-art facility for the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and a new jail. Without many delays (most based on rain) and remaining on budget County Judge Charles Ellison cut the ceremonial ribbon declaring the Jail open.

It was a cold, overcast day on Tuesday, but still, hundreds attended the ceremony which lasted about 50 minutes and began with a welcome speech prepared by Sheriff Gerald Yezak though delivered by Jerry Stover.

“Sheriff Yezak could not be here today, he is 5 days into a self-quarantine with his wife Lisa,” said Stover reporting to the audience that Sheriff Yezak had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. “We are happy to report that our symptoms are limited to that of a head cold,” said

Yezak in the statement read by Stover, “but the ribbon-cutting must go on.”

Rep. Bill Flores presented an American Flag that had flown over the state capitol as the American Legion performed the flag-raising ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken aloud. Texas Senator Kyle Kacel presented the Texas Flag which was also raised as Texas Our Texas was recited.

Both project manager, as well as architect, spoke at the event praising the efforts of the Commissioner’s Court, Judge Ellison with a special word of thanking County Commissioner Keith Pettit who oversaw the project for the court and often had a direct hand in keeping the project on time and in the budget.

The Texas Mason performed the Laying of the Corner Stone ceremony which traditionally occurs when a government building is erected. The ceremony lasted roughly 40 minutes.

After the dedication of the building, those in attendance were treated to tour the new facilities as well as a box meal.