Brett Bray was elected Blanco County Judge in November 2014 and is serving his first term. He has been a licensed attorney for over 30 years. Formerly he served the State of Texas as general counsel to two major state agencies. He is also certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Administrative Law and has been a member of the College of the State Bar for many years. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Bray has served as administrative law judge and/or final order authority in scores of contested cases.
The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of county judge, who presides over a five-member commissioners’ court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations. In Blanco County, the county judge also serves as the only “intermediate court” between Justice of the Peace courts and general jurisdiction district courts. Jurisdiction includes all probate, occupational drivers’ license, limited-value civil suits, criminal misdemeanors, guardianships and more.
One of the more unusual duties for a county judge is the title of Emergency Management Director. Judge Bray relies on and works closely with the county emergency management coordinator for overall emergency operations that take place in the county. Additionally, Judge Bray represents a 3-county area (Blanco, Gillespie and Llano) on the Board of Directors for Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Brett, his wife Linda, and their daughter Amber live on a family ranch near Johnson City. One of his favorite pastimes is tending to their livestock.