Midland County DA files lawsuit against County Judge

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24 News) – Midland County District Attorney, Laura Nodolf, filed a lawsuit against the Midland County Judge, Terry Johnson, early Wednesday.

“The thousands of dollars that have been wasted taxpayer money is a pathetic statement on anybody’s part there are other things to do,” said Judge Terry Johnson.

The lawsuit stating the respondent quote “has a ministerial duty to prepare and file a budget by July 31 of every year and has failed to do so every year he has been in office.”

Johnson responding saying, “That means I have the last second of the last minute of the last hour of the last day of July to prepare the budget and I did that. I was completed with my part prior to that time.”

Johnson said he has passed the budget onto the County Auditor to be reviewed and per the Midland County Budget Calendar, the County Judge has until August 6th to file the proposed budget with the County Clerk.

“Everyone has known this for months so for all of a sudden it to be a big surprise and it to be a big problem with somebody is kind of amazing but we are following the same procedures that have been followed for 12 years,” said the County Judge.

Nodolf, replying to our request for comment saying “I will not comment on pending litigation so as to maintain the integrity of the judicial process.” Johnson said the budget will be ready to file by the August 6th deadline and thinks the district attorney misinterpreted the statute.

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