Today Lubbock County has a new judge-elect. The commissioners court chose Judy Parker to replace retiring County Court At Law Judge Paula Lanehart.
Parker has been an associate judge over family law issues for the past 14-years. Commissioner Bill McCay says that Parker is "qualified without question." He says she's already well-known and respected in the local legal community.
Parker will concentrate on family law cases as part of her new job. McCay say that will free up the other County Court At Law judges to handle criminal cases.
Other attorneys who were considered for the position were J. David Nelson and Philip Hays.
Parker takes the oath of office sometime after September 30th, which is Lanehart's retirement date. A panel of nine local judges will choose a new assocate judge to fill the spot that Parker soon leaves behind.