Goliad takes steps toward creating municipal court
by Coy Slavik
Oct 10, 2012 | 772 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD — Interim city administrator Larry Zermeno told the Goliad City Council that he expects to have a municipal court in operation by January.

During the Oct. 2 city council meeting, Zermeno said a candidate for municipal court judge has been interviewed and he could recommend a person for the position at the Oct. 16 meeting.

“We’re looking for a judge now,” Zermeno said to the council. “We should have a candidate for you to make a decision at our next meeting.”

Cathy Riedel of the Bojorquez law firm spoke during the Goliad City Council meeting on Oct. 2 to inform members on how the city can establish a municipal court.

“You are in business once you appoint your municipal court judge,” Riedel said. “Since you don’t have an inhouse police department, you will be looking at doing city ordinance prosecutions.”

City council passed an ordinance to establish a municipal court of record. The city’s main purpose to create the municipal court is to enforce environmental ordinances within the city.

“We’ll be doing city ordinances for mainly code violations,” said Larry Zermeno, interim city administrator and city finance officer. “We’ll be taking care of weedy lots and junk cars, abandoned vehicles. We’ll basically be making the city cleaner.”

Zermeno said the judge will be paid between $125 and $150 per hour. He said he expected the job to require not much more than two hours per month.

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