Presiding Municipal Judge

Salary: $120,000.00 – $135,000.00 Annually

Location: Killeen, TX

Job Type: Full-time

Department: Municipal Court

Job Number: 02660

Closing: 1/17/2022 11:59 PM Central

Job Description

To perform the duties of the presiding judge in the Killeen Municipal Court of Record. Jurisdiction of the court includes Class C misdemeanors, City ordinance violations, Class C juvenile cases, and limited civil jurisdiction. Supervises the employees in the Municipal Court during court proceedings. 

Essential Duties

Conducts jury and non-jury trials in Municipal Court.
Presides over arraignments.  
Determines fines, restitution, indigency, and jail credit.   Sets bail and bond amounts.
Conducts administrative hearings and signs warrants.
Presides over juvenile hearings and teen court.
Supervises and controls the operation and clerical functions of the court, including the court’s personnel, during the proceedings of the court. 
Maintains a central docket for cases filed within the territorial limits of the municipality over which the municipal court of record has jurisdiction.   
Provides for the distribution of cases from the central docket to the individual municipal judges.  
Requests the jurors needed for cases that are set for trial by jury.
Communicates with State agencies.
Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations.

Issues written and oral instructions and opinions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.
Reads a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.
Reports to City Council on policy issues. 
Possesses and maintains a valid driver’s license and comply with City of Killeen driving policy.
Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.
Attends conferences, seminars, and continuing legal education as required by the position.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications


  1. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in law; and,
  2. Five years of experience as a practicing attorney; and,
  3. Must have two or more years of experience in the practice of law in Texas; and,
  4. Must be a licensed attorney in good standing in the State of Texas; and,
  5. Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Texas; and,
  6. Ability to meet and maintain state-mandated continuing legal education requirements.


  1. Considerable knowledge of state statutes relating to municipal affairs, transportation law, and criminal law.
  2. Considerable knowledge of laws relating to land use, environment and traffic.
  3. Working knowledge of modern policies and practices of municipal law and public administration.
  4. Skill in preparing briefs and other legal documents. 
  5. Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.
  6. Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents.
  7. Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials, the court system, and the general public. 
  10. Ability to efficiently and effectively administer a judicial department.
  11. Maintains regular and punctual attendance.


  1. Must possess a license to practice law in the state; member in good standing of the State Bar Association.
  2. As required by the Charter, all judges are appointed by City Council and serve a term of four (4) years.  (V.T.C.A., Government Code § 30.00006 (as amended.)   Must, at time of appointment or within six (6) months thereafter, maintain a full-time residence within the city limits of Killeen. Appointment to position precludes engagement in private practice. 
  3. Completes National Incident Management System (NIMS) training within first year of employment

Supplemental Information

Personal computer; computer software including spreadsheet and word processing software; telephone; typewriter; copy and fax machines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 10 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
The noise level in the work environment is quiet.        

Agency: City of Killeen


718 N. 2nd Street
Suite B
Killeen, Texas, 76541

Phone: 254-501-7689