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July 14, 2014

County appoints Russell as fill-in JP

Corsicana — Corsicana Municipal Judge Mike Russell will be serving a dual-role for the next few months.

The city magistrate will also act as the temporary Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for Navarro County, replacing Kirby Hill, who resigned from the post on July 1.

Navarro County commissioners approved the action Monday, after it was suggested as an alternative by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Connie Hickman.

Attorney Terry Jacobson, who has been advising the county on the JP vacancy since Hill submitted his resignation, said Hickman came up with the idea of using Russell to help fill the void until voters choose a new JP for Precinct 2 in the November election.

Commissioners had planned to leave the post vacant until November, with the county’s other three JPs helping to fill the duties of the office. Now, Russell will handle most of that, Jacobson said.

County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr. said Russell will be working part-time and be paid 50 percent of the JP’s salary, and will not receive fringe benefits for the fill-in post.

The action by the court in appointing a replacement for Hill also technically ends a question over continued compensation for Hill, who claimed he was entitled by state law to continue to receive pay for the position he vacated until it was filled. County commissioners voted last week to not pay Hill past his resignation date, and to seek a state attorney general’s opinion on the question.

Davenport said that even though the appointment ends the question of continued pay, the county will still seek the AG opinion.

“If the Attorney General rules that we have to pay him, then we pay him for two weeks,” Davenport said Monday. “I think its important we get a ruling on this in the event it comes up again or affects another county.”

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