Rockwall County commissioners will appoint a new county court at law judge this week from a field of three candidates — two Rockwall County assistant district attorneys and a Texas assistant attorney general.
County Judge Chris Florance identified the candidates as Jeff Shell and Brian Williams, attorneys in the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s office, and Andrew Leonie, an attorney in the Texas Attorney General’s office.
Shell is a felony prosecutor who specializes in white collar crime. Williams is the chief civil attorney who represents the county and elected officials in civil matters.
Leonie is the regional chief of the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division office in Dallas.
Florance said commissioners will start interviewing the candidates at 9 a.m. Monday in an executive session. Commissioners will make an appointment later in the day, he said.
“We have three great, very talented attorneys,” Florance said of the candidates. “Each would be a credit to the court and to Rockwall County.”
The winning candidate will succeed David Rakow as judge of the misdemeanor court. On Nov. 2, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Rakow as judge of the new 439th District Court.
The new county court at law judge will serve the unexpired term of Rakow. That term will end in 2012.
Rakow will begin his new duties on Nov. 30. Rakow said he will work with the new judge to ensure a smooth transition.