Two governmental entities in Brown County — the Brownwood Independent School District board of trustees and the Bangs City Council — have appointed new members of their number to fill unexpired terms after elected members found it necessary to leave.
Tim Jacobs is the new school board member in Brownwood; and Jody Horton, the new council member in Bangs.
By all appearances, those appointments were not made casually, nor should they be.
Even though the individuals appointed will serve only until the next election, the power of incumbency at any political level is well documented. And it is at that election that the voters will have the responsibility to endorse the choices made by those governmental bodies, or to decide to move in a different direction.
In the meantime, the appointed representatives have the awesome duty to serve their communities in a way that few people are willing to do — and in a way that few people will have the opportunity to do.
Service on local councils and boards is often a thankless task, but communities are fortunate that residents are willing.