Jessica Schmidt Receives Clerk of the Year Award - Thursday, August 07, 2014
Jessica Schmidt, chief court administrator for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judy Schier Hobbs, received the 2013 Clerk of the Year Award from the Central Texas Justice of the Peace & Constable Association (CTJPCA). The award is given for outstanding assistance to the overall court or office administration duties.
Ms. Schmidt has worked for Williamson County in Precinct 4 for more than six years. She currently serves as secretary for the CTJPCA, has served on the Williamson County Child Fatality Review Team for six years and is a member of the Taylor Area Businesswomen.
In her nomination, she is described as a “wonderful asset” who is always “proactive in the needs of this office and of the CTJPCA, making sure that everything is working properly and smoothly.”
Donations Raised for Taylor Animal Shelter - Thursday, April 24, 2014
Judge Judy Schier Hobbs and her staff donated toys, supplies and over 1200 pounds of dog and cat food to the Taylor Animal Shelter for their 2013 Christmas project.
Judge Hobbs Officiates Swearing-In for Coupland Officials - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Honorable Judy Schier Hobbs was extremely honored to officiate at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected city officials of Coupland, Texas.
On November 6, 2012, the Coupland residents voted to incorporate. The new city of Coupland includes an area of approximately two square miles and about 200 residents. In May 2013, an election was held to elect a mayor and five council members.
The newly elected Coupland City officials held their first meeting on June 11, 2013 in the meeting room of the Coupland Fire Station. The mayor is Jack Piper and aldermen are Karen Marosko, Barbara Piper, Susan Schmidt, Eldridge Tidwell, and Susan Garry.
Pictured are (from left) Eldridge Tidwell, Susan Garry, Karen Marosko, Judge Judy Schier Hobbs, Jack Piper, Barbara Piper and Susan Schmidt.
Judge Hobbs Inducted Into College of Justice Court Judges - Friday, November 02, 2012
The Honorable Judy Schier Hobbs, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 of Williamson County was recently inducted as a “Scholar Member” into Texas Justice Court Judges Association (JCJA) College of Justice Court Judges. The College encourages and recognizes judges who strive for advanced education over and above the state mandated education requirements.
Judge Hobbs was one of only six justice court judges throughout the state to receive the “Scholar Member” designation from the College. Judge Hobbs completed at least 60 hours of accredited education above her mandated education requirement. A total of 79 judges in the state, who had made application to the College, completed the minimum requirements to qualify for the 2012 College.
Those judges who were inducted into the College of Justice Court Judges were congratulated and recognized for taking the initiative to acquire advanced study to enhance their judicial skills. Pictured on the left is the Honorable Judy Schier Hobbs and on right is The Honorable Alice Tomerlin, Texas Justice Court Judges Association College Director.
The Justice Court with a Heart - Thursday, January 19, 2012
2011 was a busy year in Williamson County, Justice of the Peace Court, Precinct 4. Actually, every year is a busy year. These 12 ladies have no down time. Processing tickets, hearing civil and misdemeanor cases, working with local truancy issues and managing warrants is all in a day’s work for this collective group of hard workers. But this staff will always carve time out of their hectic holiday season to help the Taylor community. For the past several years Judge Hobbs’ office has conducted drives to help those less fortunate.
“This is not an additional responsibility that is expected of them, it is just something they feel they need to do,” commented Judge Hobbs. “They are already overworked; there is no question about that. I am continually amazed at the people I have surrounding me, helping me get the work done for this precinct. But when I see them take on other projects with such passion and conviction…well I know I have a very special group of ladies here.”
The 2011 Christmas Project became a two-pronged effort; a food drive for not only the Shepherds Heart Food Pantry, but a supplies drive for the Taylor Animal Shelter. “We had a hard time deciding where to put our efforts because we are all animal lovers, but we see the needs in the community on a daily basis” said Rosa Hart, County Clerk. “So we made the only logical choice. We conducted drives for both. The ladies were in unanimous agreement that this was the course we needed to follow. And they worked hard to make sure contributions to both were sizeable.”
“I am so pleased to announce that the food drive resulted in over 600 pounds of food being donated to Shepherds Heart. That food will go a long way towards supplying the needs of the Taylor Community,” Judge Hobbs stated, “I am further pleased to report that we donated hundreds of pounds of supplies to the Taylor Animal Shelter. These supplies included dog food, toys for dogs and cats as well as blankets and towels. Those little creatures are often times forgotten in the rush of the season and the volunteers at the Shelter work so hard to provide care for them. We are pleased that we were able to assist them in that effort.”
Yep, Judge Hobbs’ court continues to work hard to provide criminal justice in Precinct 4. But with hearts of gold, they are helping to make sure there are a few less hungry folks in the Taylor area and a few more nurtured animals. Guess you’d have to say they understand the true meaning of the season.
Judge Judy Schier Hobbs Named - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
May 24, 2011 (Williamson County, TX) – Judge Judy Schier Hobbs, Williamson County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4, was named the 2010 Judge of the Year by the Central Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables Association (CTJPCA). The honor was bestowed upon Judge Hobbs during the Association’s annual conference held recently in Round Rock.
Judge Hobbs has presided over Precinct 4 in Williamson County for 29 years. In addition to this award, Judge Hobbs received the 2008 Judge of the Year Award from the Central Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables Association and also was named Judge of the Year in 2009 by the Texas Justice Court Judges Association.
“We started this Association 25 years ago as a way to facilitate communications between central Texas justices of the peace and constables,” reported Judge Hobbs. “The end result has been most gratifying with an open channel that allows for exchange of ideas, sharing of critical information and brainstorming concerning practices and procedures. It’s a great group and this honor was even more meaningful because it comes from those who are my peers and day-to-day associates. I am truly humbled.”
In addition to the Judge of the Year Award, Constable Adan Ballesteros was named Constable of the Year, Aurora Millan of Milam County was named Clerk of the Year, and Sgt. Dwight Bertram was named Deputy of the Year.
“This is a great way to commend those who are putting forth exemplary work, but we all know there were many others in that room that were equally deserving,” said Judge Hobbs.
The goal of the CTJPCA is to unite Central Texas counties by implementing, promoting or coordinating with other organizations or agencies, programs for the education, protection, safety and enhancement of the Offices of Central Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables and their employees. Today the CTJPCA has approximately 200 members. It continues to provide training and to share information and fellowship with its members by holding quarterly meetings and an annual conference.
The CTJPCA is comprised of justices of the peace and constables from Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Comanche, Coryell, Falls, Gillespie, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills, McLennan, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington, and Williamson counties.
April Pools Day Promotes Water Safety - Tuesday, April 26, 2011
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, the Williamson County Commissioners Court recognized local efforts to educate and increase public awareness on drowning prevention, proclaiming Friday, April 1, as April Pools Day. Recent statistics on water related incidents in Williamson County provide further evidence that water safety awareness is a serious matter. Eight drowning or near drowning accidents were recorded in Williamson County in 2009 and 2010. Of the 16 incidents from the two years, 10 were children. Of the 10 children, 6 resulted in death. “The goal of the Williamson County Child Fatality Safety Team and Williamson County EMS,” says Emergency Medical Services Director Kenny Schnell, “is to make this zero for all.”
JP Precinct 4, Judge Judy Schier Hobbs, Officiates Marriage of Q & U - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
JP Pct. 4 Judy Schier Hobbs officiated the marriage of Q & U for Julie Snyder’s second grade class at Pasemann Elementary. The wedding is an effort to reinforce the language rule that these two letters are destined to be together for all of eternity. It is the third year the ceremony has taken place.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Gathers Over One Ton of Dog & Cat Food for Animals in Need - Monday, February 07, 2011
More than one ton of dog and cat food and hundreds of animal toys were donated to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter from the office of Williamson County Justice of the Peace Judy Schier Hobbs, Precinct 4. Filled with the Christmas spirit of giving, the office voted to support the Williamson County Animal Shelter and set a goal to donate one ton of dog and cat food. When the group fell short, Judge Hobbs’ granddaughter Mackenzie Brown, age 9, emptied her piggy bank and donated several hundred pounds of dog food to meet the goal. In addition to the food, the group donated blankets, animal carriers, food dishes and at least a hundred toys. The group delivered the items to the shelter on December 9.
Over 620 Pounds of Food Gathered for Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Judy Schier Hobbs and her staff gathered more than 620 lbs of food for Shepherd's Heart, the local food pantry in Taylor, for their 2010 holiday project! The group had been gathering the food over three months.