Appointment of Deputy Chief Judge-Municipal Court
Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code (the Uniform Municipal Courts of Record Act) sets out the requirements for appointment of judges and the presiding judge for Municipal Courts of Record. Section 30.00006(b) of the Texas Government Code requires the governing body of a municipality to appoint its Municipal Judges by ordinance. Section 30.00007 of the Texas Government Code requires the governing body of the municipality to designate a presiding judge if there is more than one municipal judge in the municipality. Section 18-3 of the City Code requires the City Council to appoint a Chief Judge with the duties of a presiding judge as set out in the City Code. Historically, the City Council has also designated a Deputy Chief Judge to carry out the duties of the Chief Judge in the Chief Judge's absence.
On March 29, 2016, Jo Ann Reyes was appointed as a Municipal Court Judge for Place 10 to serve a term commencing on April 1, 2016 and ending March 31, 2018. On May 2, 2017, Judge James D. Rodgers was appointed Chief Judge (Ordinance No. 22701-05-2017), vacating the position of Deputy Chief Judge. On September 19, 2017, the Ad Hoc Municipal Court Advisory Committee (Courts Committee) voted to recommend to the City Council that Judge Reyes be appointed as Deputy Chief Judge.
Pay Adjustment for the Municipal Court Deputy Chief Judge
Pursuant to the City's Pay Plan, the Deputy Chief Judge is considered an appointed position with a salary that is set by Agreement. However, Section 30.00006(h) of the Texas Government Code requires the City Council to set the salary for the municipal judges. The Courts Committee recommended that Deputy Chief Judge Jo Ann Reyes receive the amount of $53.74/hour, effective the first pay period after October 10, 2017. The first pay period after October 10, 2017 begins on October 14, 2017.
The salary of the Deputy Chief Judge may be increased in the future if the increase is adopted by the City Council as part of the Budget Ordinance.This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.