How long have you been county judge?
Fourteen years, three months — since Jan. 1, 2007.
Before you won election, what kind of work did you do? How did you get interested in running for office?
I was office manager of an oil field dozer and construction company. I’d been interested in running for office for several years. My dad, Chester Ingram, served as sheriff of Hardeman County for 28 years. So I guess public office was just in the blood.
What was the biggest surprise or adjustment after taking office?
People think you are instantly an expert about everything. I had to do a lot of learning quick.
What are some of the most difficult challenges you have faced and what advice would you give your peers across the state who may face similar challenges?
Personnel challenges have been the greatest. Having good policies set in place is important to running a smooth operation.
Since taking office, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Restoration of the courthouse — and the fact I lived through it to see the end result. Hardeman County now has a courthouse that all our citizens are proud of.
What do you find are the most successful methods for reaching out to the residents of Hardeman County to communicate what your office is doing and why?
Social media is probably the best. I admit I fought it for a long time and have had to adjust to the new media. But it works well for us.
What do you do when you're not at work? Do you have any hobbies or something unique that you are interested in that may surprise your colleagues?
No surprises. I like playing golf, and hunting and fishing.
What is your favorite thing about Hardeman County?
Hardeman County is a great place to live and raise a family. The residents here are wonderful, caring people.