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Thibodeaux announces resignation; Gothia moves to be next county judge


Last updated 7/2/2019 at Noon

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux and Precinct 3 Commissioner John Gothia announced their resignations, effective July 10, at Tuesday’s weekly meeting of Orange County Commissioners’ Court.

Gothia announced he planned to seek the appointment as new county judge. Before a new county judge can be appointed by commissioners' court, Thibodeaux must fill the vacancy left by Gothia.

Thibodeaux, who was county judge for 20 years, from 1995 through 2014, returned as the county's top administrator in late March, following the sudden resignation of Dean Crooks.

He resigned at the start of Tuesday's meeting. Gothia, longtime Orange County booster and commissioner since January 2017, resigned at the end of the meeting "so I can be eligible" to be appointed new county judge.


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