Victoria Commissioners reconvene to appoint new judge
By BY MELISSA CROWE - MCROWE@VICAD.COM
Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.
• Approved proposal from Dr. Lisa Campbell for a public health study
• Received Victoria County Sheriff's Office asset forfeiture report
• Adopted a resolution naming this week Victoria Livestock Show Days
Victoria County Commissioners will continue deliberating Tuesday about whom to appoint as the new county court at law judge.
They recessed Monday once the five finalists - Travis Ernst, Joyce Heller, Constance Filley Johnson, Lidia Serrata and Edward Wilkinson - completed a second round of interviews during closed session.
After the nearly three-hour interview process, County Judge Don Pozzi said, "I think all of you know, especially the candidates, that we have a very, very difficult decision to make."
He did not say whether the court would have a definite decision by Tuesday. The meeting picks back up at 1 p.m. in the county courthouse, 115 N. Bridge St.
"I would say that it's likely, but I don't know," he said. "Any of these individuals ... would make an excellent county court at law judge."
Commissioners returned to closed session around 4 p.m. to continue their discussion.
The opening is for the County Court at Law No. 1 position currently held by Judge Laura Weiser.
Weiser is retiring Thursday to join a nonprofit legal group in Austin.
The appointment will be for Weiser's unexpired term, which runs through November 2014.
County Auditor Judy McAdams said the salary for the position is $139,000.