The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of county judge, who presides over a five-member commissioners court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations.
The La Salle County Judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to state hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianships for special purposes. The judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The county judge may perform marriages.
The La Salle County Judge also has judicial responsibilities for certain criminal, civil and probate matters. The judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts. The county judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and the judge prepares the county budget along with the county treasurer and county clerk.
Judge Joel Rodriguez Jr.
Judge Joel Rodriguez, Jr., as La Salle's County's chief executive officer, he is responsible for working with four county commissioners to oversee a county government serving nearly 10,000 residents. Judge Rodriguez believes strongly that vision, planning and teamwork are the keys to developing La Salle County's resurgent economy and its commitment to opportunity and a higher quality of life for every resident.
Office of County Court Judge:
101 Courthouse Square
Cotulla, TX 78014
Tel. (830) 483-5139
Fax: (830) 483-5110