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2016-08-04

Council appoints judges, orders elections

By Joyce Towers BCC Contributor

Photo by Joyce Towers
City of Bandera Mayor John Hegemier administers the oath of office to Bandera County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eino Zapata and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Michael “Mike” Towers, swearing them in as temporary municipal court judges.



(Editor’s note: in the interest of full disclosure, Joyce Towers is the wife of new appointed temporary municipal Judge Michael “Mike” Towers.)

During a special meeting on Tuesday, July 26, Bandera City Council appointed temporary judges to fulfill the duties of the recently retired Municipal Judge Francis Kaiser. The city has the provision for temporary judges, who will have the jurisdiction and ability to perform the duties of the municipal court judge.
Discussions outlined the need for judges who can perform magistrations, issue warrants and conduct municipal court bench and jury trials on an “on-call” basis. Council appointed Bandera County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Mike Towers and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eino Zapata as temporary municipal court judges.
Mayor John Hegemier said, “As it is now, we need someone to magistrate and issue warrants. As JPs, Judge Towers and Judge Zapata do that all the time. This is a good fit.”
Council made the decision effective immediately.
November 8 elections
Also on the agenda was a resolution regarding the City of Bandera general election and a special election on Nov. 8. All qualified voters in the city will be able to vote in these elections.
During the general election, two city council members will be elected to serve two years, and a mayor also to serve a two-year term. The special election will be called to elect one city councilman to serve the remainder of an unexpired two-year term.
The resolution clarified that the general and special elections will be held together. The city will contract with the Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright to conduct the City of Bandera Special Called Election.
After little discussion, the members voted to act on the resolution as it stood. Voters will cast their ballots at Bandera County polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.