Municipal Judge for the City of Denton, TX

  • City of Denton, TX
  • Denton, Texas
  • Nov 08, 2018
Full Time Court Administration Executive, Management
  • Salary: Salary range is up to mid $100K range, DOQ, with excellent benefits Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 214-466-2436
  • Apply By: Dec 10, 2018



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(Salary range is up to mid $100K range, DOQ, with excellent benefits)

Denton is a unique community, blending its historic past with a dynamic and high growth environment, coupled with a diversity to give it economic viability and strength. Denton has grown from a small frontier town, founded in 1857 to a burgeoning urbanized area with a population of approximately 136,000. The historic downtown Courthouse Square is the heart of Denton; the Square and surrounding streets are vibrant and busy both day and night as a gathering place for commerce, civic events, and entertainment. and Yahoo Travel have highlighted Denton on their list of America’s Best Main Streets to visit.

Located on Interstate 35 atop the northern tip of a high growth area known as “The Golden Triangle” (formed by Denton, Fort Worth and Dallas), the city is a dynamic community whose rapid growth has affected its infrastructure as well as its culture. Denton is a rapidly growing community with a long history as the County Seat and the major urban center for Denton County. The city is home to two state universities - the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, with a combined enrollment in excess of 50,000 students.

Job Description

The City of Denton operates under the Council-Manager form of government.  The Mayor and six-member Council are elected for two-year terms; four members are elected by District and the two remaining seats plus the Mayor are elected at-large. Operating as a full service municipality, in addition to standard municipal governmental services, Denton also operates with several major enterprise operations including Airport, Electric, Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Drainage. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 proposed budget includes funding for 1,6366.7 full-time equivalents (FTEs) and has an overall operating and capital budget of $1.225 billion.  The City of Denton prides itself on citizen involvement, innovation and efficient use of municipal resources.

Reporting directly to the City Council, the Municipal Judge presides over the Denton Municipal Court of Record and serves as a magistrate. The City Charter provides that the Municipal Judge shall be appointed for a two-year term in even-numbered years and that Assistant Municipal Judges shall be appointed in odd-numbered years. There are currently five Assistant Municipal Judges (part-time) and one of them has been appointed to serve as the Interim Municipal Judge. The Municipal Court Clerks report to the Customer Services Manager. The City’s budget provides for 2.5 FTE Judges and 15.5 FTE Municipal Court staff.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a JD degree from an accredited school of law, a license to practice law in Texas, hold a Texas Class “C” driver’s license and any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job. Preferred qualifications include a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, or defense counsel with associated experience in appearing in a municipal court in Texas and Municipal Court of Record experience in a growing city reasonably comparable to the City of Denton in size and complexity;

Special Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a resume online by visiting our website at Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by December 10, 2018. Following the first review date, applications will be screened against criteria provided in the brochure, and the City Council will consider offering interviews to selected candidates. Interviews in Denton will be offered to those candidates named as Finalists, with reference checks, background checks, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. For more information, please contact Chuck Rohre at or by calling 214-466-2436.

Additional Information

The City of Denton, Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

Under Texas statutes, information from your resume may be subject to release to the public at any time during the process; however, SPRINGSTED | Waters will endeavor to maintain confidentiality as long as possible.