MONTAGUE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Montague County will have a new county judge on Wednesday morning.
Current Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Benton was appointed by commissioners Monday morning to fill Judge Rick Lewis’ seat.
Lewis unexpectedly announced his retirement for personal reasons.
He has served as county judge since October of 2014, when he won a runoff and took over early for the retiring judge.
His retirement is effective Wednesday morning and judge Benton will be sworn in as county judge.
Benton will serve out the remaining 2 1/2 years of the term and says he then intends to run for a full term.
County commissioners have already appointed his successor, District Court Bailiff Jack Pigg who has many years in law enforcement.
Benton served in law enforcement for about 30 years and after retiring won election as J.P. in 2018.