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Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross was removed from office Wednesday morning by District Judge Roger Towery.
Towery granted County Attorney James Stainton’s request to issue a summary judgment in the civil suit regarding his removal. The order was filed in the clerk’s office of the 271st District Court at 9:46 a.m.
It says: “The court finds that (Ross) was convicted of a misdemeanor involving official misconduct during the time he held public office. Pursuant to Local Government Code 87.031, the court orders that Terry Ross is immediately removed from the office of Wise County commissioner, Precinct 4.”
“I believe it’s the right result,” Stainton said. “It fits the law. When you plead guilty to a criminal offense tied to your elected office, you shouldn’t expect to stay in office.”
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