Fort Worth City Council appointed a new chief judge and deputy chief judge to the Fort Worth Municipal Court during its regular meeting June 25.

The details

According to a city news release, Chief Judge Simon C. González and Deputy Chief Judge Andrew Bradshaw have worked for the Fort Worth Municipal Court for many years.

González served as Fort Worth’s midnight jail judge from his appointment in 2002 until 2019 when he was appointed deputy chief judge. During his tenure with the city, González has:
  • Established a process for transferring people for a mental health assessment at the jail
  • Created the virtual attorney plea docket procedure and forms during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still used by the court today
  • Developed the public recognizance bond process in collaboration with the Fort Worth Marshals that permits qualified people to be released without being transported to jail
The news release states Bradshaw is an honors graduate of Texas Christian University and Baylor University School of Law. He was appointed to the court as a full-time judge in 2006.

According to the news release, the appointments became necessary when Chief Judge Danny Rodgers resigned late in 2023 after serving in the city's municipal court system for 27 1/2 years.

The two judges' terms will run through March 31, 2026.

What they’re saying
  • “I’m proud to announce that two esteemed judges, both with deep knowledge of our judicial system and strong commitments to legal ethics, will assume new roles in Fort Worth Municipal Court,” Assistant City Manager Valerie Washington said.
  • “I am excited to continue working with Chief Judge González and Deputy Chief Judge Bradshaw in their new roles,” Court Director William Rumuly said. “Their experience and background are a great asset to the court.”