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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.


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.

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