County judge steps down due to illness

A recent leukemia diagnosis has forced Hays County’s top elected official to temporarily step off of the dais in order to begin treatment.

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb announced at the end of Tuesday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting he had been “diagnosed with a lethal disease,” later identified as Leukemia, and that he would begin treatment as soon as next week. It’s unknown at this time how advanced Cobb’s leukemia diagnosis is. 

On the dais, an emotional Cobb thanked Hays County residents for their cards and letters of concern and their extension of prayers.

“I’m a fighter. This is a very aggressive disease, and I will treat it aggressively,” Cobb said. “I will be out for a while, but my heart and my mind will be with Hays County.”

According to a Hays County press release, Cobb would be absent for an indefinite period of time as he starts his treatment. Hays County Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, who is the most senior member on the Commissioner’s Court, will conduct court activities in Cobb’s absence.

While Cobb is not physically at the Hays County courthouse, he is expecting he will watch court proceedings online, but will not take part, said Laureen Chernow, Hays County communications manager. Cobb said he also plans to communicate electronically with staff and elected officials during his absence.

“This came upon at a time when so many things are happening, but I leave you in good hands. I am proud to know I have the best commissioners court in the State of Texas,” Cobb said. “These people are capable, they’re smart and they have the heart of the county.”

Cobb, who once was the Chief Medical Surgeon at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, is currently serving his second term as Hays County Judge. Cobb, who was first elected in 2010, was reelected in November 2014.

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