Laguna Vista seeks judges applications

Special to the PRESS

Laguna Vista is seeking candidates for the Town’s municipal judge position.

The decision to open the field for applications for the positions stems from the Town Council’s wishes to allow all interested parties to apply, rather from any dissatisfaction with the current judge or alternate judge, officials have said at their July Town Council meeting.

“If we don’t advertise, we won’t know if anyone wants the job,” Councilman Gary Meschi said.

Councilwoman Wanda Reyes Rice advocated for the current judges, saying he has done a good job and is highly respected.

William L. Pope is currently serving as municipal court judge and Bennie Ochoa III is alternate judge.

“If we advertise, they can apply if they are interested, and we will accomplish the same goal (of opening the application process to everyone),” Councilwoman Nadine Smith said.

Discussion over the often lengthy interview process and advertising costs ensued. “We are busy, but not too busy to do our job,” Meschi said.

“I agree and understand,” Smith said adding, “It’s part of the job. If it is long, so be it.”

Ultimately, Rice entered a motion to reappoint the judges, which failed as it did not garner a second.

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