Suspended Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross will keep his job for at least three more months.
District Judge Roger Towery Monday set the motion for summary judgment hearing for March 19, 2014.
On that date, he will rule on County Attorney James Stainton’s motion, which requests that Ross be removed from office without a trial.
This stretches the timeline of the Ross case to more than two years. In February 2012, Texas Rangers seized a child’s playhouse from the Ross home as the result of an investigation that started in late 2011. The commissioner faced charges related to its construction with materials and labor paid for by the county, and since then, the case has bumped along through the court system.
Towery met with Stainton and Ross’ attorney, David Fielding, behind closed doors in the county courthouse Monday morning. Fielding had requested a scheduling conference to create a timeline for discovery, depositions, and the like, but Stainton said it was decided there would be no additional discovery until the judge rules on the motion for summary judgment.
In the meantime, Ross has a campaign to run. He filed for re-election and is facing two competitors – Gaylord Kennedy and David Stewart – in the March 4 Republican primary.
Towery’s ruling on the summary judgment has no impact on the results of the election. If Ross is removed from office, it’s only for the duration of his current term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014.