Historic Court-at-law Judge Roberts to Retire – Court to Appoint Graves


SAN ANGELO – Lone time Tom Green County Court-at-law No. 2 Judge Penny Roberts is retiring and County Commissioners are set to appoint her replacement Tuesday.  

According to the agenda for the TGC Commissioner's Court regular meeting, the Court is set to accept the retirement of Judge Roberts effective October 31, 2022 and then appoint her successor, Andrew Graves, Effective Nov. 1, 2022.  

According to the County website, Judge Roberts graduated from Baylor University School of Law in May of 1989 and was licensed to practice by the Supreme Court in November 1989. She was appointed to the newly created County Court at Law 2 as Judge in October 1995 and has served in that position since that time.

The Court is expected to appoint San Angelo Attorney Andrew Graves to fill Roberts' unexpired term which ends Dec. 31, 2022.  His appointment would be effective Nov. 1, 2022. 

Graves won a highly contested Republican primary election for the position in March, 2022.  Graves defeated Assistant Tom Green County Attorney Leland Lacy in the Primary 5,395 to 5,270 or 50.59% to 49.41%.  

Yantis Green and Andrew Graves

Yantis Green and Andrew Graves (LIVE! Photo/Matt Trammell)

If approved by the Commissioners Court, Graves will serve as County Court-at-law #2 Judge from Nov. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022.  

Because Graves won the GOP Primary in March and there is no Democratic candidate on the ballot in the Nov. 8, 2022 general election, he will also be sworn in again on Jan. 1, 2023 to serve the four year term he won in the elections.  

There are two County Courts-at-law in Tom Green County; Judge Ben Nolen is the presiding judge in County Court-at-law #1.  Nolen was appointed Judge in 2002 and has served on the court since that time.  He ran unopposed in the March 2022 GOP primary.  

The Tom Green County Court-at-law courtrooms are located in the Michael D. Brown Justice Center on Harris Ave. across the street from the Tom Green County Courthouse.  

County court at law judges are elected by the voters of each county and serve a term of four years. The Court-at-law judge can issue writs of injunction, mandamus, attachment, garnishment, sequestration, and habeas corpus in cases where the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court. The judge also can punish for contempt, and has all other powers and duties of the county judge. 

The Tom Green County Commissioners Court meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Commissioners Court meeting room on the second floor of the Keyes Building downtown.  That court hearing is open to the public.  

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