Stephenville home owners will notice a change in their local judicial system. Judge Don Jones has spent more than 30 years working in Stephenville, and now, he has a courthouse with his name to prove it.
Erath County Courthouse Annex has been officially renamed the Donald R. Jones Justice Center. The Erath County Commissioners Court voted to rename the building that houses the 266th Judicial District Court, district judge and district attorney offices. Jones recently retired after serving more than 31 years as a district judge, and commissioners agreed that he deserved a tribute. Three out of four commissioners voted in favor of the name change, while the fourth, who is out of the country, voiced his favor from afar.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Scot Jackson spoke with Tad Thompson, and told him that he supported the measure. Adds Thompson, “We cannot enter his vote by proxy, but Commissioner Jackson did want it in the minutes that he is in favor of renaming the annex.”
Jones was made aware of the new courthouse name in front of family, friends and colleagues, and he was reportedly speechless when the announcement was made. June 30th was Judge Jones’ last working day as a district judge. He has assumed senior status and will serve as a visiting judge to courts throughout the region.
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Original Source: Stephenville Empire Tribune