Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



The entire county is grieving with Donna Prasifka, the boys and the grandchildren over the terrible loss of our Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator. As I stated to the paper – the county judge is the constitutional emergency manager for the county. Counties large enough hire designated County Emergency Management Coordinators (which is what David was) to run the emergency […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



The main function of a County Government is to house, fund and facilitate the “Justice System” in that county. That is what your Atascosa County Government does. The justice system includes the District Court, County Court At Law, County Court, Juvenile Court, and Justice of the Peace Courts. The departments related to the “County Justice System” are the Sheriff’s Department […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

We are increasing in COVID positive case by a very large amount. It is a little scary. We don’t know if it is from Memorial Day (the time is right) where folks were not careful with outdoor activities (beach, etc.) or picnics (parks) or other venues. It could be the bars reopening. I am hearing stories of irresponsible activities at […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Presently the JJAEP (Juvenile School) occupies a building at 1508 Campbell Street directly behind the Juvenile Probation Department. That building is divided into (roughly) 2/3 school space and 1/3 records and forms storage for the county. Two weeks ago, I told you about the function for JJAEP. The records and forms storage is essential and governed by state statute for […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

I need to move my follow– up on the JJAEP to next week’s column because I have some timely and exciting news to share. I submitted a request last week to take Atascosa County in COVID status from 25% occupancy to 50%. This can be done according to the Governor’s rules if the county’s positive case list is low enough […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



An important department run by the Atascosa County Juvenile Detention Center is the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). It is located on Campbell Street adjacent to the Juvenile Department and the Juvenile Detention Center. It is ably run by Jeffrey Thornton and performs an extremely important service to the youth and the ISDs of Atascosa County. It is called, […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



As the 2021 budget season arrives, I wanted citizens to know I have been a fiscal conservative all of my adult life. I manage my personal finances very carefully and have always maintained an excellent credit record, even during tough times. When running the NAPA Houston region in the 80s, I doubled the sales in 10 years and tripled the […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

I am sorry I keep writing about COVID-19 related items, but if you grow weary of hearing about it, you should know I am, too. The loss in revenue to the county (and it will affect our cities) because of the loss of sales tax revenue is significant and creates uncertainty in projecting our budget needs. I had an unprecedented […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

I spent most of the day today working on preparations for COVID-19 court operating procedures for reopening our courts. Our other Judges are doing the same. The Texas Supreme Court has tasked the OCA (Office of Court Administration) with getting plans on file for the partial reopening this month and pretty much a full reopening of court on June 1. […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

On Tuesday of this week I asked the Mayors of the County to come to the Courthouse and discuss a joint proclamation to the county. I think it is very important that we join together for the best planning for our cities and the county. Hopefully you will hear more about that. On a personal note, I have completed one […]


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