Victoria attorney accepts justice of the peace appointment
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A Victoria attorney will fill the vacant Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace position.
Ted Seel, 67, of Victoria, will take the oath of office and give his bond Monday. He will replace Henry Welfel Jr., who died six weeks ago.
Seel said he was honored with the appointment.
Until someone contacted Seel to submit a resume, he had not considered applying for the job.
"It never even crossed my mind," Seel said. "I felt like it was an extremely high compliment to even be asked to submit a resume."
County Judge Don Pozzi said Seel is "very qualified" and was the unanimous choice of the commissioners court.
Seel started practicing law in 1972, and has been practicing in Victoria since 1977.
He will serve the unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014, and will not run again at that time, Pozzi said.
Seel hopes he can be as professionally responsible as Welfel was as justice of the peace.
"I will do my best to hold the office in the same professional and caring manner in which Hank Welfel served the community," Seel said.
Welfel held the office from January 2007 until his death Aug. 27. He was 58.
Seel said he has not had much time to reflect on the appointment.
"This hit my desk last Thursday, and I met with the commissioners this morning," Seel said Monday.
He said he does not expect the new job to affect his practice.
Seel earned a bachelor's of arts degree in 1967 from Texas Lutheran College and went on to earn a doctorate of jurisprudence from St. Mary's University in 1972. He has been a member of the State Bar Association since then.
He practices in state and federal courts, emphasizing civil litigation, real estate, family law and probate.
He previously served on the boards of the YMCA, Victoria Symphony, as president of Victoria Fine Arts Association and as president of the Council of the First English Lutheran Church.
He was married to Carol Ann Felger Seel, a Victoria native who died in July 2009. Seel has two sons, Ryan, a Victoria resident employed at Formosa Plastics, and Corey, a Houston resident and partner of Mehaffy-Weber Attorneys.
Seel said his hobbies include playing golf and pretending to be a good fisherman.