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21 Applicants for JP Position in McLennan County


by Bruce Gietzen

WACO - McLennan County Commissioners will have 21 applicants to choose from when they appoint a replacement for retiring Justice of the Peace Billy Martin in December.

Martin is stepping down with two years left on his term after 14 years as a Justice of the Peace for District 1 Place 2.

Martin is probably best known for dressing in a bright red sportscoat and conducting group wedding ceremonies on the steps of the McLennan County courthouse every Valentine's Day.

He also was at the center of controversy in the Matt Baker murder case, after not ordering an autopsy on Baker's wife Kari after she was found dead in the bedroom of their Hewitt home in 2006.

Martin had initially planned on retiring November 30th, but learned in the last week he could not leave until a replacement had been named for his seat.  He will now stay on until County Commissioners can interview candidates and select someone. 

Martin believes that could happen by the middle of December.

Applicants for the position include a number of local attorneys and some people who run for public office recently but lost elections. 

Here's the list who applied before the 4 p.m. deadline November 30th:

1.  Walter H. "Pete" Peterson

2.  Judson Griffis

3.  William F. "Fred" Brown

4.  Angel de J. Gavito

5.  Nina Paterson

6.  John E.  Fugate

7.  Jose R. Villanueva

8.  Denton B. Lessman

9.  Sandra Michell

10. Gerald Villarrial

11. Doyle Young

12. Paul Wash

13. Jarred Hankhouse

14. Tony Uzzell

15. William Patrick Jones

16. Gary William Cunha

17. Bryan Henson

18. Joshua Tetens

19. Galen B. Edwards

20. R. S. Gates

21. Joel Douglas Froneberger



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