Calls for Laguna Vista officials to rescind their recent municipal court judge appointment were hurled on Tuesday by residents upset over the action. In the absence of Mayor Susie Houston, the meeting was conducted by Mayor Pro Tem Steven Muschenheim.
Councilmembers named Roberto Rodriguez to fill the position in August. A former police chief of South Padre Island, Rodriguez was installed and has served in the judge’s capacity since then. The appointment had the support of the majority of the council, with opposition only from councilwoman Rita Garcia. Councilman Bill Schnier was absent from the meeting when Rodriguez was appointed.
A full house was on hand, with six citizens expressing public opposition to the appointment, with all commenting that the action violated the recently adopted city charter. One public comment supported Rodriguez’s appointment.
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