Williamson County hires attorney in Robert Chody's contested election result lawsuit

Williamson County has hired an attorney in former Sheriff Robert Chody's contested election result lawsuit. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County has hired an attorney in former Sheriff Robert Chody's contested election result lawsuit. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County has hired an attorney in former Sheriff Robert Chody's contested election result lawsuit. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County commissioners approved the hiring of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP to represent the county and its employees in former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody's lawsuit contesting November election results Jan. 12.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 15, is against current Williamson County Sheriff Mike Gleason, who defeated Chody in the November election 56.06% to 43.94%.

It alleges through two sworn affidavits that “mistakes, illegalities, and/or fraud” occurred during the election. County election officials have said the election results were accurate.

Gleason was sworn into office Jan. 1.

“I'll say it’s a ridiculous lawsuit,” Commissioner Valerie Covey said. “It is ridiculous waste of tax dollars, and I'm very frustrated and disappointed that [it] has to be on our agenda.”


While Williamson County is not a named party in the lawsuit, the county and its employees are likely to be required to produce documents and evidence in the case, and the representation will be related to those responsibilities, the agreement said.

Williamson County continues to face lawsuits involving Chody, including its ongoing contract dispute alleging the former sheriff entered into an invalid agreement with Big Fish Entertainment LLC for the purposes of filming “Live PD” after the court had denied the show access.

In a separate case, Chody has been indicted for evidence tampering in the death-in-custody case of Javier Ambler.

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell was not present during the meeting.


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