Office of the County Judge


The county judge is the most visible official in county government. Often thought of as the county’s chief executive officer, a county judge has broad judicial and administrative powers, including serving as the presiding officer of the county’s policy-making body, the commissioners court. Referred to as “chief justice” by early Texas constitutions, the current office of county judge was established by the Texas Constitution of 1876.

The county judge presides at meetings of the Commissioners Court and is responsible for filing and posting the agenda. The county judge is also head of civil defense, disaster relief and County welfare. 

Other duties include:

  • Constitutional Court hearings for guardianship, probate, juvenile cases, and mentally ill for admittance for care
  • Hearing for liquor license applications
  • Calling elections, posting election notices, and receiving and canvassing election returns

County Judge Ron Massingill

Ron Massingill holds a BBA degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Dallas, and Juris Doctorate from SMU School of Law, Dallas. Prior to assuming office, Judge Massingill practiced law for 49 years, and was a partner with the law firm Brousseau, Naftis, and Massingill. Judge Massingill also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-1975, 24th JAG and is currently a member of the Hood County Sheriff's Posse, along with his wife of 33 years, Brenda. Ron is a native Texan and his extensive career as an attorney bring expertise to the position of County Judge.

Judge Ron Massingill