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Gallo appointed new city judge

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – A special called council meeting Monday, Nov. 9 led the council to unanimously appoint Joe Gallo as the new city judge.

"The council interviewed four strong candidates for municipal judge, and this was a difficult decision," said Councilman John Wray.

"Ultimately, I supported Joe for this position because he has worked as both a criminal prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, so he understands the issues that will come before the municipal court from both perspectives.

"He also understands the purpose and procedure for the setting of bonds at the arraignment stage, and he has a lot of experience with arraignment and bond issues as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.

"Joe lives in Waxahachie and he has a history of service to the city and community, including volunteer positions in civic, professional and charitable groups.

"I think he will bring justice, stability and credibility

to the municipal court."

Gallo will be taking over for interim Judge Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr.

Miller served while the council interviewed candidates to fulfill the vacancy left by Judge Sylvia Lopez Beaver’s resignation in September.

Beaver faced public criticism due to her excessive high bond totals to first time offenders.

City Manager Paul Stevens thinks Gallo will do an outstanding job.

"Having worked for the District Attorney’s office as well as in private practice gives him a unique perspective to be judge," said Stevens.

"I look forward to having him serve."


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