Monday, Jan. 1, 2019, at 10 a.m., county and district officials were sworn in at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley presided over the ceremony. After being sworn in by District Judge Lynn Ellison, Judge Hurley swore in District Judge Lynn Ellison. County Court-at- Law Judge Robert “Bob” Brendel was sworn in by Judge Ellison. District Judge Ellison was sworn in by Judge Brendel.
Felix Herrera III, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, was sworn in by his wife Municipal Judge Debra Herrera.
Judge Hurley swore in Kyle D. Bradley, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2; Orlando Carrasco, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3; County Clerk Diane Gonzales, County Treasurer Laura Pawelek, District Clerk Margaret E. Littleton, County Commissioner
Mark Gillespie, Pct. 1; County Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Pct. 2 and County Commissioner Kennard “Bubba” Riley, Pct. 4.
Jackie Bodden, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, who was in the hospital, was sworn in later by District Clerk Margaret E. Littleton.
Judge Hurley, who was in an unapposed race in the 2018 mid-terms, first ran for and was elected to the office of Atascosa County Judge in 2014. Judge Hurley is a veteran, former Pleasanton Mayor and Councilman, a known civic leader and successful businessman.
Newly-elected District Judge Lynn Ellison, had been Presiding Judge of County Court-at-Law in Atascosa County for four years, hearing criminal, civil, family, probate and juvenile matters.
He grew up and lived in Atascosa County and graduated from Pleasanton High School, Tulane University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Judge Ellison had been a lawyer for 44 years before becoming County Court-at-Law Judge in 2015. He has worked in five courthouses in the district for 33 years. Judge Ellison served the district as District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and was also Counsel to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
County Court-at-Law Judge Robert Brendel, who was unopposed, has spent more than 23 years as a full-time trial lawyer. For the last 19 years, he served the community as an Assistant Attorney General, conducting thousands of trials and hearings. For 10 years, he managed the Texas Attorney General’s office in Jourdanton – the largest legal office in Atascosa County. During his career, he had been recognized five times as the Managing Attorney or Assistant Attorney General of the Year for this region.
Unopposed Justice of the Peace Judge Felix Herrera III, Pct. 1, was born and raised in Pleasanton.
He has worked at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department, having been involved in county government for 21 years.
Atascosa County Commissioner, Pct. 4, Kennard “Bubba” Riley, who was unopposed, is a lifelong Atascosa County resident from Pleasanton. His first job was with Precinct 4 Commissioner L. P. Brunner. Riley spent 32 years working between Conoco Uranium Mine and the San Miguel Lignite Mine. He also spent 15 years in business management and has worked for Gaydos Construction.