Williamson Judge Dan Gattis' suspension will not affect his county role

Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis' suspension from judicial duties issued Friday by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct will not affect his day-to-day work as the county's top executive, according to county officials.

Gattis, who was charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of official oppression in July, will not be able to serve as a judge in court cases while he is suspended. However, Gattis' administrative role that includes leading proceedings at county commissioners court meetings will continue as usual, county spokeswoman Connie Odom said.

County prosecutors have accused Gattis of threatening to cut funding for the county Sheriff's Office after Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted unfavorable comments on the court's decisions. A hearing in the case is set for Sept. 14.

Chody and Chief Deputy Tim Ryle have asked the county for more money to fund gasoline and maintenance expenses through the current fiscal year. The Sheriff's Office is also seeking an increase in personnel in the FY 2018-19 budget.

Gattis, who has been Williamson County judge since 2007, will retire when his current term expires at the end of the year.


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