Although the area’s economy is at low point at this time, Jim Wells County is busy getting prepared for the remainder of the year with the help of the newly appointed auditor, Noe Gamez.

To adjust to less money coming in, Gamez said he is prepared to work with judge Pete Trevino Jr. on making plans and changes.

“We need to make sure we don’t stumble. We need to look into our budget and make sure money is there first hand,” Gamez said of his new position. “If we do everything that needs to be done, that will keep us on the right path.”

Gamez was appointed in January 2015 and has more than 17 years of experience as the first assistant to the previous auditor.

He said working in the office as the assistant gave him the experience he needed for being an auditor today.

“It’s a challenge, but I know I can do the job, especially with the judge and staff here,” he said.

“Everyone who works here does a good job. They make it a lot easier.”

Gamez said he is concentrating on adding a position so more audits can be made and within a reasonable time. He said he is not asking for more money for the position since there is money in the budget for the position.

Gamez said he needs to look closely at the budget and decide whether some expenses are considered excess spending that may lead to cutting some expenses.

“I don’t want to do that but, it needs to be looked at. We need to do what’s best for our county,” he said.

Gamez is an Alice native and studied at Texas A&I University-Kingsville for his Bachelor in Business Administration and Finance.

He is married to Angie Gamez and has four kids and four grandchildren. When he is not in the office, Gamez says he likes to exercise.

“I don’t want to be negative, let’s be positive. We know what’s coming up,” he said. “We need to make changes and they will be done. We can get through this.”