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County judge submits resignation
by Joe Baker
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Barbara Shaw
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The Karnes Countywide received several unconfirmed reports Thursday and Friday that Karnes County Judge Barbara Shaw had resigned or was planning to resign from her position as county judge.

Shaw was defeated in the March 4 Democratic primary election by challenger Walter Long, Jr. who received 1,290 votes while Shaw received 641.

Shaw did not attend the meeting of Commissioners Court on Tuesday, March 11. When asked about her absence by someone in the audience at the meeting, County Commissioner and County Judge Pro Tem James Rosales said that he did not know why she was absent.

The Karnes Countywide reached out to Barbara Shaw Friday morning and during a brief phone interview asked her if she had resigned or planned to resign.

“Why don't we answer those questions when it actually happens,” Shaw said.

During a telephone interview with The Karnes Countywide Friday afternoon, Rosales said that Shaw handed him her written resignation Friday afternoon at 1:45 p.m.

According to Rosales, the resignation will not become effective until approved by Commissioners Court. A meeting of Commissioners Court is planned for Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. at which time they will consider taking action to accept Shaw's resignation.

Details concerning the rest of the agenda and what possible action the court may take to appoint an interim county judge are still being worked out by county officials, Rosales explained.

Rosales said it is hoped that an agenda for the March 21 meeting will be posted sometime Monday afternoon, March 17.

The written resignation letter, Rosales explained, will not be made public until the item is brought up for consideration. Rosales said he plans to read the letter aloud at that time.

See the March 19 issue of The Karnes Countywide for more details on this story as it develops.

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