Municipal judge resigns to take state position

Special to the PRESS

Laguna Vista Council members Tuesday accepted the resignation of Municipal Court Judge Jeremy SoRelle with regrets, and subsequently appointed Charles E. Mattingly, Jr. to fill the position.

SoRelle submitted his letter of resignation on April 1 in order to accept a position offered by Gov. Gregg Abbott, City Manager Rolando Vela said. In the interim, Alternate Judge Bennie Ochoa III stepped in to fill the position.

“Judge SoRelle worked with Mr. Mattingly at the Willacy County District Attorney’s Office,” Vela said, adding, “He attended the last court session of Judge SoRelle…to see firsthand how this judge conducted court.”

The Town’s charter requires that the municipal court judge be appointed by the Council, shall hold office at the pleasure of the Council, shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the Council, and the judge shall not be an elected official. The charter denotes that judge shall be a duly licensed attorney where possible.

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