Nearly a week after Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown was removed from office, the Bell County Democratic Party is now working to fill her seat.
The Bell County Commissioner’s Court made the decision on Tuesday to let the party nominate three people to take the vacant position.
“It’s a painful day in a community when an elected official is removed from duty. Dr. Brown, we are sad to see her go, but we respect the decision of the jury,” says Chris Rosenberg, Bell County Democratic Party Chair.
A jury removed Bell County Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown from her position last Wednesday after finding her incompetent to continue in the courtroom.
The Commissioner’s Court decided to let the Bell County Democratic Party nominate three people to replace her on Tuesday morning.
Their reasoning was that a Democrat won the seat, so Democrats should keep the seat.
“This is historical for Bell County, and there is not an exact protocol for how to do it. So the Commissioner’s Court has used their best wisdom to try and fill the slot,” Rosenberg says.
Rosenberg says applications for the position have come pouring in and she has to narrow it down to three by February 25.
The party is mainly looking for someone who has law enforcement or courtroom experience.
“It’s my job to make sure that they are qualified and that they are Democrats,” Rosenberg says.
To be eligible for the position, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, mentally competent, have no felony convictions, been a Texas resident for one year and lived in Bell County for six months.
“I will be very busy this next week voting those candidates to present to the Commissioner’s court,” Rosenberg says.
The Commissioner’s Court hopes to pick a candidate by March 1.