Former appeals court judge Marialyn Barnard named Interim Precinct 3 County Commissioner, sworn in on Tuesday

Former appeals court judge Marialyn Barnard named Interim Precinct 3 County Commissioner, sworn in on Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Decide Nelson Wolff appointed previous appeals courtroom choose Marialyn Barnard as the Interim Precinct 3 County Commissioner on Tuesday.

She was promptly sworn in by Federal Judge Orlando Garcia and will serve in the interim position right up until Jan. 1, 2023, replacing previous Pct. 3 Commissioner Trish DeBerry, who is jogging for Bexar County Judge.

Wolff claimed he been given a total of 27 applications but that Barnard’s “stood over all.” In making his final decision, Wolff explained he regarded the candidate’s civic involvement, no matter if they experienced served as an elected formal, their personal sector practical experience, and whether or not they understood county government and the judicial and felony technique. He also desired another person with independence and management traits who would be completely ready for the task, given the year’s initial Commissioner’s Court docket conference is scheduled for up coming week.


“When you seemed at the contribution, you know, non-public sector company, courtroom of appeals, faculty trainer, volunteer in the group — when you set all people collectively, I indicate, she just stood up substantial,” Wolff informed reporters.

Barnard, a Republican, served on the Texas Fourth District Court docket of Appeals from 2009 to 2018 when she dropped her re-election bid in the 2018 midterm elections.

She’s also a former trainer, social worker, and — most recently — an executive for a lawful computer software firm. Her resume also consists of board positions with several corporations, which include the Better San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Boy or girl Advocates of San Antonio, and the Rotary Club of San Antonio.

Barnard claimed individuals in the local community had urged her to apply for the appointment.

“I’ve been in public support, and which is some thing I’ve generally liked — from university teachings, currently being a social employee, to staying a decide and definitely this, and to do excellent for my dwelling,” she said of her reasons for applying.


Barnard will keep on being in the interim posture for the total year right up until voters select somebody in November’s election to fill out the closing two several years of DeBerry’s time period by way of 2024.

DeBerry, who has been the lone Republican commissioner on the county’s governing body, referred to as Barnard’s appointment a “very sensible preference.”

“She’s massively completed. It gratifies me that she’s a feminine Republican, so there will be range on the courtroom, in gender and partisanship,” DeBerry said. “And for me, personally, it means the marketing campaign for county decide commences in earnest tomorrow.”

A lot less than just one yr into her four-calendar year time period as commissioner, DeBerry declared in December that she would be managing for county decide in the future election. For every state regulation, DeBerry had to resign to embark on the political campaign.

Due to the fact of the timing of the resignation, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office claimed Bexar County’s political functions will be ready to make their personal nominations for the business for November’s common election rather than have candidates file for March’s main.


Barnard explained to reporters she would be “honored” if the Republican Party of Bexar County’s precinct chairs chose her as the nominee.

Precinct 3 addresses the north aspect of Bexar County.

Bexar County Precinct 3 (KSAT/Henry Keller)

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