Looks like soon-to-be former State Sen. Jeff Wentworth will be the new JP for Pct. 3.
The decision was unanimous by Commissioners Court. Overall, this was probably the smartest decision. The area is heavily Republican, so even if Democrats appointed a Democrat, that person likely wouldn't have run for election or would have run and faced almost certain defeat.
With Wentworth, Republicans keep the seat, but it prevents any young, up-and-coming Republicans from adding a position to their resume, as well as preventing them from having a springboard for higher office.
Wentworth is 72 years old and not likely to be climbing the political ladder. He'll either serve out the remainder of this JP term or run for election to the post and serve a couple of terms and then retire.
There are still some benefits to being a Texas version of a moderate Republican.