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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Amid mass public criticism, Judge Sylvia Lopez Beaver, has officially resigned.

Beaver, known for setting high bonds to first time offenders, was the topic of three executive session deliberations by the council.

As of Monday, Sept. 21, Mayor Ron Wilkinson claimed "no necessary action needs to be taken at this time," after adjourning from executive session.

Beaver was present during this meeting and asked by city manager Paul Stevens to meet with him in her office as executive session was still occurring.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 23, her letter of resignation was sent to the city.

"Due to the current circumstances I am regretfully submitting my resignation from the position as municipal judge," stated Beaver in her letter.

Effective as of Monday, Sept. 21. the night of the council meeting of which she was the topic, Beaver stated she became knowledgeable in the judicial system.

"I am two weeks short of celebrating 12 years with the city as municipal judge.

"These past years have afforded me opportunity to become knowledgeable of the judicial system and be instrumental in conducting the duties of a judge as determined by the Municipal Court Education System of the state of Texas," said Beaver.

Following the resignation, city officials are beginning to plan for the process of appointing a new Municipal Judge.

"The goal is to appoint an interim Judge as soon as possible," said Stevens.

The position of municipal judge is appointed by the city council.

Councilman John Wray is looking forward to participating in the selection.

"My goal is to make sure the selection process is open and fair, with plenty of opportunities for citizen input. In the coming weeks, I expect the city to publish criteria for selection of a new judge, and to establish a timeline for the selection process," said Wray.

Currently, Jackie Miller Jr. is handling the city’s arraignments.

"The process of reviewing the qualifications required for the position, as well as the job description will also begin quickly," said Stevens.

Stevens hopes to have an interim judge within the next week or two.

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