Three candidates are in the running to be the next Hunt County Attorney, a race which will be decided during the March 3 Republican Party primary election.
Scott Cornuaud, G. Calvin Grogan and Elisha Michael Hollis were featured during this week’s Hunt County GOP Club forum at Greenville High School and are seeking to fill the post vacated by current County Attorney Joel Littlefield, who has filed for the office of Hunt County Court at Law No. 2.
The candidates were asked if they had any concerns on how CPS cases are handled through the office and, if so, what changes they would make.
Grogan, currently an Assistant Hunt County District Attorney, noted the County Attorney’s Office would only become involved in prosecuting such a case if it was first presented by a trained CPS investigator. He said the County Attorney and staff would need to have the proper judgment to handle the case.
“By judgment I mean you would need the proper temperament, experience and mind set,” Grogan said, adding the office is first and foremost a prosecutors’s office, which also handles everything from misdemeanors to family violence cases, which demands someone with a level head.
“Somebody that won’t be quick to respond, somebody who is cool, calm and reflective,” Grogan said, a trait which he said is very important with CPS matters where families are at stake.
Hollis said he had handled multiple CPS cases in his seven years of private practice and credited Littlefield with a “very good job” overall.
“In my opinion, 90 percent of the CPS cases are correct, 5 percent are correct for the wrong reasons and 5 percent are probably wrong,” Hollis said. “I think we need to have someone in the office who is trying to get as much help from the state as possible.”
Cornuaud had a much dimmer view of the situation.
“I think that office has to have someone who has the guts to say CPS has problems,” he said. While Cornuaud said that he is not against CPS itself, the process of the CPS court “is the biggest joke” as it can involve arguments over whether a foster child should be wearing disposable diapers.
“I want to work with CPS and say … ‘How can we deal with this outside the courtroom instead of wasting taxpayers’ money to do it,’” Cornuaud said.