Brazos County Precinct 2, Place 2 justice of the peace abolished

POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:18pm

It was a heated commissioners court meeting Tuesday morning as Brazos County Precinct 2, Place 2 justice of the peace, Judge Tommy Munoz, watched his elected position be dissolved in front of his eyes.

"How it will affect the people? Only time will tell," said Munoz,

It's a decision County Judge Duane Peters says will help streamline daily operations and cut costs.

"I think it'll be around $100,000 because I believe we'll be able to save on the judge's salary and the clerk's salary and then some with operations," Judge Peters tells us.

In a unanimous vote the Brazos County Commissioners decided to abolish Munoz's position and have Precinct 2, Place 1 Judge Vera Lara-Hooge take over the workload.

Judge Munoz doesn't think that's a good idea.

"People are not going to get their fair justice I don't think," said Munoz. "Justice denied is not justice served because they want to hear their cases rather quickly."

Several community members also spoke out against the decision.

"I mean Brazos County is growing very rapidly and I'm sure Precinct 2 is also so it just seems very short-sighted to me to eliminate a JP when the case load is bound to be growing," said Sandra Portzer.

Tom Chambers added, "I think it'll be an injustice to all of us to lose him."

Judge Peters says if he didn't think four JPs could handle the work load though then this move wouldn't even be an option..

Munoz will serve out his term until December 2014 but we're told he will stop seeing new cases after September 30 of that year to allow for the transition.


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