Bell County Commissioners appoint new Justice of the Peace


UPDATE: Bell County Commissioners have appointed Daryl Keith Peters to replace Claudia Brown as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, Place 1.

Peters tells FOX44 he was in the Army for 32 years. He is 56 years old and is ready to get started in the new position.

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The Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Place 1 is expected to officially be filled Tuesday night after being vacant for nearly five weeks.

Tuesday morning, Bell County Commissioners conducted interviews and the decision is expected to be announced during a special meeting at 4pm.

“We had a good morning and we appreciate all the time and effort that the candidates have put in to preparing for the interviews, and the interview process went well,” said David Blackburn, Bell County Judge.

The Bell County Democratic Party submitted the names of four candidates interviewed on Tuesday: Ernest Lee Wilkerson, Louie Minor, Nicola James and Daryl Keith Peters.

“The Justice of the Peace position is a, it’s an extremely important position for the county, it’s also a very difficult one. Requires long hours, dealing with lots of different circumstances and so it really is a position that requires a well rounded individual, character, integrity were important factors. All of the things that you would normally associate with a judge’s position go into that mix,” said Judge Blackburn.

This, after a jury removed Claudia Brown from the bench on February 13, after finding her incompetent for setting a $4 billion bond on a Killeen murder suspect.

The new Justice of the Peace will take over Brown’s responsibilities like presiding over cases, marrying couples and declaring time of deaths.

“My hope for the new Justice of the Peace is success, my hope is that they are provided the resources that they need to do the job, the training, the education that they need to do the job and that the court and I think they’ll find the county is here to support them in any way that we can,” said Judge Blackburn.

Once appointed, the commissioners expect the new Justice of the Peace to jump right into the position and begin work immediately.

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