Former DA joins college board
by Jason Collins
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Martha Warner is sworn in Tuesday as the newest Coastal Bend College board member. She is replacing Emilia H. Dominguez who resigned earlier.
Martha Warner is sworn in Tuesday as the newest Coastal Bend College board member. She is replacing Emilia H. Dominguez who resigned earlier.
BEEVILLE – Martha Warner, former district attorney, has joined the Coastal Bend College board of trustees.

Warner was sworn in Tuesday evening during the board’s regular meeting.

She is replacing Emilia H. Dominguez, who resigned awhile back.

Dominguez is currently the principal at Skidmore-Tynan Elementary School. She joined the CBC board of trustees in 1998.

“I have been in Beeville about 30 plus years,” Warner said. “I have raised three children here.

“I love it. It is a wonderful community.

“This college is probably the best thing we have going for us right now.

“It is a huge, huge asset to Beeville.

“It is really the shining star in Beeville.

“That is to say because we get so many negative things going on around us, it is sometimes hard to see the good this community college has brought to Beeville over the years.”

“My children have been directly affected by going to school here.

“It saved us a bunch of money.

“It is an incredibly wonderful opportunity.”

Warner did not run for re-election for the district attorney’s job in 2012, citing health concerns.

Warner served two four-year terms as district attorney.

She started her career as a prosecutor in January 1997, when she went to work as an assistant for District Attorney George P. “Jeeper” Morrill.

She started as a part-time prosecutor but quickly realized the job required a full-time commitment. Warner changed her status the next month.

About five months ago, Warner was appointed as the new attorney for the Bee Development Authority board.

Interestingly, it was George P. “Trace” Morrill III who Warner replaced as attorney for the BDA board when he was elected to city council.

Warner has an extensive knowledge of the law but admits her knowledge of the inner workings of the educational system are limited.

“I don’t know a whole bunch about the education process,” she told the board, “other than having a very deep respect for the teachers and what they put up with.

“I think the effect that every teacher has is lifelong on every student they have got.

“One bad day with a teacher can ruin a child.”

The board also accepted the resignation of Trustee Douglas L. Arnold.

In a letter to the board, Arnold writes, “This decision has been made with sincere deliberations.

“I feel it is in the best interest of the college and my family.

“Not having the time to devote to the office impacts my usefulness and effectiveness as a board member.

“I feel the college is on the cusp of true success as an educational institution...”

Trustees are expected to appoint a replacement for Arnold during their next meeting scheduled for Dec. 23.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at
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