Adams Brown Beran & Ball and Clinkscales Elder Law Practice are planning to “team up,” with the law firm intending to relocate to the upper level of the Ellis County Administrative Center, 718 Main.

The building’s entire second floor is leased to Adams Brown Beran & Ball, which on Monday asked for the county’s permission to sublease a section of the office to the law firm and pursue necessary remodeling.

“He has 12 employees coming over,” said Melissa Romme, a partner with Adams Brown Beran & Ball. “In order to facilitate some work flow … we would need to do a little bit of remodeling.”

Ellis County commissioners gave consensus to allow the sublease and remodeling plans to move forward, though county officials will review the sublease agreement at a later time.

The move will allow the businesses to offer elder care accounting services.

Clinkscales Elder Law Practice is located at 2604 General Hays Road.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the commission voted 3-0 to create a new pay grade and sergeant position requested by the sheriff’s office for patrol. The sheriff’s office is looking to promote two existing officers to that rank, County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes said.

The county had approved a pay scale last summer that did not include any patrol sergeants, so a new pay grade was added in between the offices of lieutenant and deputy sheriff No. 2.

The sheriff’s budget should allow for the changes, as some retirements are expected later in the year, Smith-Hanes said.

“He’s not asking for additional funding at this time,” he said.

The new positions were approved by a 3-0 county commission vote.

In other business, the commission:

• Received monthly departmental reports and heard an update from Ellis County Extension.

• Had two executive sessions, one for the purpose of union negotiations and another to discuss possible property acquisition. No action was taken.