Municipal judge back on agenda

Special to the PRESS

gavelThe appointment of Laguna Vista’s judge will come under scrutiny again Tuesday as the Town Council convenes for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

“Discussion, consideration and possible action concerning the potential conflict between the Town’s Municipal Judge also serving concurrently as a member of the Town’s Planning & Zoning Commission; and further, to clarify if the Town’s Municipal Judge is presently serving in any type of Law Enforcement position and if so, to determine if this represents a conflict that may require council action,” is the agenda item listed by Council Members Bill Schnier and Rita Garcia.

Former South Padre Island Police Chief Robert Rodriguez was appointed Municipal Court Judge for the Town in August 2011. Since then, the appointment has faced criticism from a contingent of residents who say the council’s selection does not follow the City Charter provision which calls for them to name an attorney, if possible, to fill the position. The charter has yet to receive formal approval from the U.S. Justice Department.

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