Tarrant County magistrate put on leave until inquiry is completed

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A judicial board placed a Tarrant County criminal court magistrate on paid administrative leave earlier this month.

Board chairman Phil Sorrells said the board is investigating the actions of Tarrant County Magistrate Cheyenne Minick. Sorrells declined to provide any additional information about the inquiry, and said the board has not taken any further action against Minick at this stage.

“We didn’t do anything because we didn’t have enough information,” Sorrells said. “Once we find out the answers we will have another meeting and decide what to do from there.”

Sorrells would not comment about why Minick was placed on leave or what triggered the inquiry, saying it would be premature to discuss the situation until more information is available.

The Tarrant County District and Statutory County Court Judges Trying Criminal Cases board held a closed door meeting on Sept. 17 to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee, according to a meeting agenda.

A second meeting of the judicial board is planned for 12:15 p.m. Oct. 2, said Greg Shugart, Tarrant County criminal court administrator.

Minick said he could not comment on the inquiry.

Minick was appointed in August 2009 to fill the magistrate’s post left vacant when Allan Butcher retired. Minick’s name rose to the top after a five-judge committee narrowed a field of 35 applicants to six finalists.

Minick received his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 1997 and has no disciplinary sanctions reported to the State Bar of Texas.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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