Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador Named Temporary Judge

The commissioners court appointed Meador to fill in for Judge Craig Doyal. A state review board suspended Doyal last month, following his indictment on a charge of conspiring to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Commissioner Mike Meador
Commissioner Mike Meador

Montgomery County Commissioners Court Tuesday selected a temporary judge. The appointment follows the indictment and suspension of County Judge Craig Doyal in June.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador is the longest-serving member of the court. Assistant County Attorney B.D. Griffin says that made Meador's appointment a matter of routine.

"The Commissioners Court of Montgomery County by consent appointed Commissioner Meador as the county judge pro tem, in accordance with its long standing policy to have the most senior member of the commissioners act to run court when the county judge is not present," Griffin says.

In addition to presiding over court meetings, the county judge has the authority to declare a state of emergency, in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. That power will now rest with Meador. "So he could declare the emergency. He could sign the documents necessary to submit to the state and to FEMA, depending on the type of emergency," Griffin says.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended Judge Doyal last month, after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of conspiring to violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. Judge Doyal's attorney says his client is innocent and has appealed the suspension. The commission will hear the appeal in Austin on July 26.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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