By Erik Walsh
The News Staff
Malakoff City Council members appointed Bill Burton to fill the vacant position of Municipal Court Judge in a meeting Dec. 10 at the city hall.
Mayor Delois Pagitt told The News that Burton would be contacted and informed of the council’s decision. The date he will assume his duties was unclear, as Burton must inform the city which two days of the week he is available to serve. The transition isn’t expected to take long.
“He will probably he starting before Jan. 1,” Pagitt said.
Burton, a longtime Athens resident, is no stranger to the political sphere. He won the 2012 Democratic nomination for Henderson County Sheriff, eventually losing out to the Republican incumbent Ray Nutt.
Brown served as a police officer, United States Army combat engineer, Justice of the Peace, Administrative Hearing Officer, Real Estate course teacher, arbitrator of property tax disputes and Binding Arbitration hearings.
He grew up in Athens and attended Athens ISD, graduating from the University of Texas in Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Kinesiology.
He has also also served as preacher.