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Galveston County
Galveston County Commissioners Court
by John David Suayan
Monday, November 06, 2017

Galveston County Commissioners Court today voted 2-3, with only County Judge Mark Henry and Ken Clark in favor, to defeat a motion supporting a resolution demanding that Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox reimburse the county’s citizens for attorney fees.

The fees arise from a 2014 lawsuit filed by court administrator, Bonnie Quiroga, against the county. The lawsuit led to a legal battle that included matters regarding the commissioners court's termination of Quiroga's position and the authority of the county to set a salary range for court administrative personnel.

“I thought the (Texas) Supreme Court had already address this,” said Commissioner Darrell Apffel. Listen (1:55)

“The Supreme Court ordered him to pay court costs, not attorney fees,” replied Judge Henry.

Apffel added he was not sure of what the resolution does “other than political gain,” to which Judge Henry stated it asks the citizens to be reimbursed “for the money he (Cox) wasted.”

The commissioners court voted unanimously to increase the number of reserve deputies from the current five to ten for each constable.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve Phase 2 of the Next Move Group Economic Director search contract.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to recognize November 1-7, 2017 as National 4-H Week in the county.

The commissioners court did not take action on an item pertaining to a notification for transfer of funds from the "Sheriff's Unreserved Fund" balance to his expenditure accounts.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda




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