BROWNSVILLE–Governor Rick Perry announced he has appointed a Cameron County Judge to the position of Presiding Judge of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region.
Rolando Olvera, a Democrat, who is the 445th District Court Judge, was named to this post overseeing 11 counties in the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley.
Olvera replaces outgoing Judge Manuel Banales of Corpus Christi who hadn’t applied for reappointment after getting beat in the November election.
Olvera also will handle his duties as the Presiding Judge of the Fifth Administration Region from the Cameron County Courthouse. Traditionally, the post has been run from the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi.
As Presiding Judge, he will supervise judges in the region, appoint and assign visiting judges and handle hearings in which attorneys are asking for a judge to be recused.
The 11-county area includes: Cameron, Hidalgo, Nueces, Jim Wells, Duval, Starr, Willacy, Kenedy, Kleberg, Jim Hogg and Brooks.
Olvera will be sworn-in at a ceremony in late January and the term will last four years.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
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