Members of the Warren County Policy and Personnel Committee met Friday evening to accept the resignation of judicial commissioner Gerald Rowland and discuss his replacement.
Rowland tendered his resignation for personal reasons. He was hired as a fill-in judicial commissioner in January 2012 and transferred to regular shifts in March of the same year. “I hate to see him go,” said committee chairman Ken Martin. Rowland’s resignation was accepted with a vote of 3-0.
Committee member Charles Morgan made a motion to advertise for two part-time judicial commissioners. Martin agreed with hiring two new commissioners, saying “I think we need to hire two. That way we’ve got somebody covered.” The motion passed unanimously, with Martin, Morgan, and Wayne Copeland all voting in favor.
The departure of Rowland leaves the county with seven judicial commissioners. These are David Williams, Rick Bond, Crystal McGlothin, Wally McClaron Jr., Jimmy Griffith, Jim Hartman, and newly hired Chase McGee.
Judicial commissioners are responsible for issuing criminal arrest warrants upon finding probable cause. During a probable cause hearing, they set bail and issue mittimus, which is paperwork that must be signed by a judicial commissioner when an individual is picked up and brought in by an officer. Along with being a Warren County resident, judicial commissioners must live within 15 minutes of the jail.