Anderson died over the weekend after a battle with cancer and had only been District Attorney since January. Now, former District Court Judge Belinda Hill takes over until Governor Rick Perry appoints an interim DA, and that could be a while.
This is South Texas College of Law Professor Gerald Treece.
“The law sets-up a rule that says the first assistant, in this case Judge Hill, she will be running the office until Governor Perry makes a selection. So the citizens don’t need to worry about some total different landscape when they come to work. Everything will go pretty much the same. What I can’t predict is who the Governor will appoint or the timing of that.”
The interim DA, when appointed, will likely have already agreed to run for the office in November of next year and then would have to run again in 2016, the end of Anderson’s four-year term.
Treece says Hill is a capable leader and was impressed with the way she handled the Andrea Yates murder trial a few years ago.
“Her ability to handle that as a judge, she kept a professional demeanor at all times. I was just always impressed. Do you realize as a law professor for all these years, I never heard any complaints about her as a judge.”
A public memorial service is planned for Mike Anderson on Friday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church downtown.