KEMAH — The former mayor of League City a former justice of the peace a former district court judge the wife of a current district court judge a former operator for BP and the president of the San Leon MUD board are among the 16 people who applied to be appointed the interim Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace.

County commissioners are scheduled to vote today on the replacement for Judge Mark Foster who retired from office to run for county commissioner.

Foster is in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the Precinct 1 commissioner’s seat with lawyer Ryan Dennard.

County Commissioner Ken Clark whose precinct includes the Precinct 7 justice of the peace area has been taking applications for the vacancy for a couple of weeks. The court’s pick will hold office until after a special election in November.

Among those seeking the appointment are former Precinct 5 Justice of The Peace Larry Edrozo and former 212th District Court Judge Miles Whittington.

Edrozo a Texas City attorney and a former city commissioner spent one term as the Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace in the mid-1990s before an unsuccessful run for district court judge.

Gov. George W. Bush appointed Whittington to the bench in 1998 but later that year he was defeated by Democrat Susan Criss. Whittington also has served as the associated municipal judge in Kemah Dickinson and League City.

Also in the running is San Leon MUD board president Joe Manchaca who has the backing of Foster.

John Collins a retired BPAmoco process supervisor who also is the Democratic Party’s nominee for the special election in November is after the job. In his application Collins offered to work for free until after the election.

Alison Cox a self-employed musician and the wife of 56 District Court Judge Lonnie Cox also applied for the posting.

Former League City Mayor Toni Randall touted her time as the chief executive of the county’s largest city as a reason for her possible appointment. Freeman Mendell the former chief of staff for County Judge Mark Henry and a former staffer in the county auditor’s office also applied for the job.

Tomasa Barron Duran Foster’s deputy court clerk also has applied to be appointed.

Clark said he expects the court to make its pick today. Other judges in the county have been filling in and handling the caseload since Foster’s resignation Clark said.

”It’s time to get that position filled” Clark said. ”(Having other JPs fill in) has worked so far but having a full-time judge would fill the gaps.”

County commissioners meet at the courthouse 722 Moody at 9:30 a.m. today.


Applicants For Justice Of The Peace Precinct 7

Larry Edrozo attorney Texas City

Miles Whittington attorney League City

Joe Manchaca logistics director San Leon

Alison Cox musician Dickinson

John Collins retired Texas City

Toni Randall hardware store owner League City

Freeman Mendell retired county government employee League City

Jahn Eric Humphreys attorney BacliffSan Leon

Charles ”Gene” Rutt retired marina manager Dickinson

Gregory Forrest Rippey vice president ATM security firm Clear Lake Shores

Shannon Trochesset small business ownerFriendswood

Marita Hoffman Galveston County deputy San Leon

Darryel Picou sales manager League City

Tomasa Barron Duran Precinct 7 JP deputy court clerk Bacliff

Paul Bess hazardous chemical company ownerformer constable Dickinson

Roy Anderson technology consultant League City

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