Interim judge to be named after filing period

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Wise County commissioners will wait until after the Dec. 9 filing deadline to name an interim county judge.

The commisioners court met for the first time Monday since the death of County Judge Bill McElhaney Oct. 14. They agreed that waiting until after the filing deadline was the fairest course of action.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to name a replacement until the filing period for the primary closes,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns.

Since Burns is the senior commissioner, he will fulfill the judge’s duties until an interim is named, but he does not plan to vacate his own office to fill the judge’s post.

Burns suggested forming a committee at the Nov. 12 commissioners meeting to begin considering candidates.

“I’d consider anybody who hasn’t talked to me in the last two weeks,” he said. “It was just almost inappropriate the way folks were offering themselves [following McElhaney’s death].”

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