Gov. Rick Perry has appointed former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Mary Murphy to be the new presiding judge of the 1st Administrative Judicial Region. As the administrative head of the 34-county region, she’ll oversee the judicial system, including about 200 judges.
Murphy will replace John Ovard, who has served in the position since 2000. Perry reappointed Ovard in 2005 and 2009 but did not do so this year.
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