(Salary range is up to mid $100K range, DOQ, with excellent benefits)

Denton is a unique community, blending its historic past with a dynamic and high growth environment, coupled with a diversity to give it economic viability and strength. Denton has grown from a small frontier town, founded in 1857 to a burgeoning urbanized area with a population of approximately 136,000. The historic downtown Courthouse Square is the heart of Denton; the Square and surrounding streets are vibrant and busy both day and night as a gathering place for commerce, civic events, and entertainment. and Yahoo Travel have highlighted Denton on their list of America’s Best Main Streets to visit.

Located on Interstate 35 atop the northern tip of a high growth area known as “The Golden Triangle” (formed by Denton, Fort Worth and Dallas), the City is a dynamic community whose rapid growth has affected its infrastructure as well as its culture. Denton is a rapidly growing community with a long history as the County Seat and the major urban center for Denton County. The city is home to two state universities – the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, with a combined enrollment in excess of 50,000 students.

The City of Denton operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor and six-member Council are elected for two-year terms; four members are elected by District and the two remaining seats plus the Mayor are elected at-large. Operating as a full-service municipality, in addition to standard municipal governmental services, Denton also operates with several major enterprise operations including Airport, Electric, Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Drainage. The overall FY 2019-20 Budget for all funds is $1.23 billion and includes 1,731.11 Full-Time Equivalent positions (FTEs). The City of Denton prides itself on citizen involvement, innovation and efficient use of municipal resources.

Reporting directly to the City Council, the Municipal Judge presides over the Denton Municipal Court of Record and serves as a magistrate. The City Charter provides that the Municipal Judge shall be appointed for a two-year term in even-numbered years and that Alternate Municipal Judges shall be appointed in odd-numbered years. There are currently five Alternate Municipal Judges (part-time). The Municipal Court staff reports to the Chief Financial Officer. The City’s budget provides for 2.75 FTE Judges and 14 FTE Municipal Court staff.

The successful candidate will hold a JD degree from an ABA accredited school of law, a license to practice law in Texas with two (2) or more years of experience in practicing law in Texas, hold a Texas Class “C” driver’s license and any combination of related education, experience, certifications or licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job. Preferred qualifications include a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, or defense counsel with associated experience in appearing in a municipal court in Texas and Municipal Court of Record experience in a growing city reasonably comparable to the City of Denton in size and complexity.

Qualified candidates should complete an online profile, and submit a resume by visiting our website at Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 11, 2020. Following this first review date, applications will be screened against the criteria provided in the brochure, and the City Council may consider offering interviews to selected candidates. Interviews in Denton will be offered to those candidates named as Finalists, with reference checks, background checks, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. For more information, please contact Edward Williams at or (214) 842-6478 or Chuck Rohre at or by calling 214-608-7477.

The City of Denton, Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

Under Texas statutes, information from your resume may be subject to release to the public at any time during the process; however, Baker Tilly will endeavor to maintain confidentiality as long as possible.