Thibodeaux formally takes office

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Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux (center) officially takes up the gavel to preside over the Orange County Commissioners’ Court this week. Precinct #2 Commissioner Theresa Adams Beauchamp (left) and Precinct #3 Commissioner John Gothia offer up their applause, as did most everyone in the Commissioners’ Courtroom, when Judge Thibodeaux formally took over the Judge’s Chair.

Although the former County Judge had been officially appointed by the Orange County Commissioners’ Court as the new County Judge to replace Judge Dean T. Crooks. And although Judge Carl Thibodeaux officially took his oath of Office as Orange County Judge last week, it still wasn’t properly official that he was actually the Orange County Judge until the Commissioners’ Court had set an amount for and had accepted a bond executed by the appointee to the position. According to the Texas Association of Counties web site, “Before undertaking the duties of the county judge, a person must execute a bond payable to the treasurer of the county in an amount set by the commissioners’ court of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00. The bond must be conditioned that the judge will faithfully perform all duties of office.”

And that was the reason that when the Orange County Commissioners’ Court began its special session this week on Tuesday, Orange County Judge Pro Tem John Gothia, who also serves the Commissioners’ Court as the duly elected Precinct #3 County Commissioner, was handling the gavel and presiding over the opening of the meeting.



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