County Judge

100 N Main, Suite 206
Jacksboro, TX 76458
Phone # 940-567-2241
Fax # 940-567-5502


Court Coordinator
Debra Tillery

Honorable Brian Keith Umphress

Brian Keith Umphress's History

Birthday: June 6


Elected and Entered Office: January 2019


Previous Experience: Precinct One Commissioner May 2015-Nov 2017
Mortgage Banker 1997-2015
Texas DPS Trooper 1990-1997 (Parker Co., Wise Co.)


Education: Bachelor of Science Texas A&M University (1987)
Master in Legal Studies University of Oklahoma Law School (2019)


Family: Wife-Karen; Children (7); Grand Child (1)

Responsibilities & Services

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.

The county judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to state hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianships for special purposes. The judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The county judge may perform marriages.

A county judge in Texas may have judicial responsibility for certain criminal, civil and probate matters - responsibility for these functions vary from county to county. In those counties in which the judge has judicial responsibilities, the judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts. The county judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and in counties under 225,000 population, the judge prepares the county budget along with the county auditor or county clerk.

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