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Judge Barbara Canales to hold first court meeting

Posted at 7:02 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 13:04:49-05

Nueces County Commissioners Court will hold their first meeting of the year at 9 a.m. today.

Although Barbara Canales has presented many times in front of Commissioners Court as port commissioner, today’s meeting will be here first as Nueces County Judge.

During her first days at her new job, Canales spent her time getting to meet county employees and finding out their specific duties. Judge Canales also spoke with KRIS 6 News about how she is preparing for her first court meeting.

Judge Canales says organization and understanding are keys key to working with an agenda. Her goal, she says, is to make sure everyone understands what is being voted on and more importantly, why an item is being voted on.

For the commisioners’ first agenda of the year, Canales says the group will handle business as normal.

“Beginning of the year is a good time to make certain that everybody understands where our priorities lie,” Canales said. “A good agenda reflects that. So, a part of it is day-to-day operations, a part of it is getting the county’s business taken care of, whatever that might be.”

Canales says this will include, “approval of checks, and the approval of certain documentation that’s already been in the works.”

She also expects to preview and discuss the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

“I want us to look back and say that we look healthy and exciting in the front of economic development,” said Canales,  the first woman elected as Nueces County Judge in the 172-year tenure of the county.