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MEETING DATE: 8/9/2021
DEPARTMENT:Municipal Court
DIRECTOR:Don Stevenson, Chief Municipal Judge
AGENDA ITEM:Appointment of Associate Judge
RECOMMENDED ACTION:Adoption of Resolutions


Resolution No. 2021-8-1(R): To appoint an Associate Judge of the Municipal Court of Record of the City of Plano, setting the term of office and compensation for the Judge; and providing an effective date. Adopted


I have submitted a Resolution for the Council’s consideration at the August 9 City Council meeting to appoint Julie Pandya Dosher as an Associate Judge of the Plano Municipal Court of Record.


City Ordinance No. 2012-3-18 created the Municipal Court of Record and provides that the City Council appoint the municipal judges for a term of office of four (4) years.  I recommend that Julie Pandya Dosher be appointed to the position of Associate Judge for a term of four (4) years beginning August 9, 2021.  Ms. Dosher will join Judges Stevenson, McCarthy and McNulty as full-time employees of the City. She will take the place of Judge Jim McCarthy who will retire in September. Ms. Dosher meets the requirements for appointment. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas in good standing. 


Julie Pandya Dosher received her undergraduate degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 2006.  


Julie Dosher served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Waco, Texas, for two years; then becoming the First Assistant City Attorney for the City of Cedar Park, Texas. In 2010 she joined the law firm of Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hagar & Smith in Dallas. While there, Julie provided legal representation to municipal and local government entities. She attended meetings and provided legal advice to various city councils, boards and commissions. She served as a prosecutor in the Plano municipal court and in other municipal courts, including the Cities of Richardson, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Allen, and Lucas.


Funding for this item, in the amount of $148,142 (including benefits) on an annualized basis, is included in the approved 2020-21 Budget.  City Charter authorizes the selection and appointment of the judges of the Municipal Court of Record with the approval of the City Council.


Approval of this Resolution will support the City's Strategic Plan Critical Success Factor of Excellent, Innovative, and Accountable City Government.

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