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Commissioners discuss Smith County county leadership in weekly meeting

Smith County Judge Joel Baker pictured March 15, 2016. (Source: KLTV News Staff) Smith County Judge Joel Baker pictured March 15, 2016. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Smith County Commissioners Court set to discuss county leadership at March 22 session. (Source: KLTV News Staff) Smith County Commissioners Court set to discuss county leadership at March 22 session. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The Smith County Commissioners discussed ‘county leadership’ at its scheduled weekly meeting on Tuesday.

The item, placed on the agenda by Commissioner Cary Nix, follows KLTV's investigation into sexting allegation while on county and state trips against County Judge Joel Baker.  According to commissioner Cary Nix who signed the agenda on Friday, that Judge Baker refused because of the item discussing county leadership.

Nix says he placed the item up for discussion after he says a number of constituents expressed concerns, including some who have called for judge Joel Baker's resignation.

Another source we spoke with explained that while items can be discussed and opinions of confidence made by the court, there is no real action commissioners can take against a fellow member including the judge.

Meaning commissioners cannot force a resignation.

That is primarily left to residents of the county in a civil suit or District Attorney’s office outlined in the Texas local government code.

7OnScene: Smith Co. leadership discussed at commissioners' meeting

In last week's court, one day after our KLTV investigation aired, there were three public comments calling for Baker's resignation.  

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