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County judge called down for using county truck on Yellowstone vacation

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click to enlarge HASKELL MORSE
  • HASKELL MORSE
OK, it's not charter jet travel, but it smacks of the same sort of attitude. The Hope Star reports that Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse got into hot water for getting the county to buy him a new $65,000 truck (more than $66,000 counting bed cover and mats) and then using it for a personal vacation to Yellowstone.

Called down by a member of the Quorum Court, Morse first defended use of the truck as legal since he paid for gas. But then he reversed course. He issued a letter apologizing for a "grave indiscretion in judgment." He's written a check reimbursing the county at the standard IRS rate.  He said, in part:
I know my decision may be the end of my service, but if that is the will of the citizens of Hempstead County and the good Lord, then I accept those consequences.

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