It's a matter of can they or can't they? At Tuesday's commissioner's meeting, an item was brought up that has some people wondering. On the agenda was the item of the county not allowing county employees, specifically directors, to run for office. "It puts quite a strain on the employees of that department and other departments." John Galo says their time would be spent campaigning and more than likely asking their employees to help with fund raising events such as buying plates sale tickets or t-shirts.. Instead the county wants the employees to focus on their duties of Webb county. "Making sure you do your job while you're employed with Webb County, being a very well paid employee, but to make sure we don't have any impact of employees under that person." Galo goes on to say this type of rule is in place in many counties in the state. So we decided to talk local attorney, Robert Balli, to see what the law states about this. "The supreme court has said in situations where a public employee wants to run for office, the county can prevent them from doing it." People who work for elected officials like the sheriff's department or the D.A are examples of who the county cannot prohibit from running. Any department that receives federal funds, the employees under law cannot run. "State law prohibits the county from interfering state employees from running for office." Balli says the county commissioners will most likely seek the opinion of the attorney general. "If they seek the attorney general's advice, in about 3 to 4 months, they should have a response."