What are the duties and responsibilities of the county judge?
The county judge has multiple responsibilities beyond commissioners court. About half of my time is spent on judicial duties. These duties are an important part of the judicial process for our citizens and I am the only candidate qualified. I preside over Probate Court, which hears will prove ups, guardianships and mental competency hearings. I also am on a rotation schedule with the justices of the peace to set bond at the jail. A judge goes to the jail seven days a week, including holidays. This schedule was implemented after I became judge. The taxpayers have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars because every judge is committed to making the process the best it can be.
Presiding over probate matters requires an individual who has the temperament and stability of character to treat all parties fairly and impartially. Guardianship hearings may affect a senior citizen, or a minor child. Regardless of the age of the proposed ward, a life is impacted by the judge. That decision is not to be taken lightly or with a cavalier attitude.
As county judge I represent the county before state agencies and serve on regional boards. I also have been an invited speaker at an international oil and gas conference and transportation conferences. The county judge must have the ability to build partnerships and provide a vision for solving problems. I have the proven leadership and verifiable record of accomplishments to continue our success.