What does a County Judge in Texas do?
I get this question a lot. That's because in Texas the County Judge is not usually a judicial position, but rather an administrative one. The County Judge is primarily the Chief Administrative Officer of the county. They preside over the five member Commissioners Court which has budgetary and administrative authority over county operations. The Judge, assisted by other officials and staff, is primarily responsible for preparing the annual budget.
Bastrop's County Judge has limited judicial authority, such as hearings for some licenses and permits, probating wills, estates, and guardianships and admitting patients to state hospitals, and performing weddings. I am the first County Judge in over 20 years to do all of these judicial duties.
The County Judge represents the county in matters before the state legislature, Governor's office, and other governmental agencies. They also represent the citizens of Bastrop County in negotiating with developers and in recruiting new businesses and economic development to the county.
As your County Judge, I have proven experience, demonstrated leadership in the community, and a clear vision for the future. As your County Judge, I will continue to fight for you, the citizens of Bastrop County. My door is always open and, even when we might not agree on everything, you will have a friend in the County Courthouse.