Alamo municipal judge sues city

ALAMO — The municipal court judge here filed a lawsuit against the city for what she alleges are false accusations made against her to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

ALAMO — The municipal court judge here filed a lawsuit against the city for what she alleges are false accusations made against her to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Celia Garcia filed the suit Oct. 2 and names the city of Alamo as the defendant. Alamo’s municipal judge argues in the suit that the accusations caused her “severe mental anguish and distress.”

An Alamo city employee, who was not named in the petition, made the accusations against the judge, who argued that the basis for the judicial complaint has not yet been provided to her.

The city refused to provide her with information and instead requested an opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Paxton’s office ruled Feb. 28 that the city could withhold the information if the person who provided it was in litigation.

“The party who was involved in litigation and who provided the information to the defendant is no longer in litigation,” the petition read. “The defendant now has a duty to release to the plaintiff that information, but has not done so.”

Garcia is now seeking a jury trial and between $200,000 and $1 million in monetary relief.

“The truth is going to come out,” she said. “I just want to continue doing what I’m doing now. I’ve been municipal judge since 2009, and until 2016 I have accomplished bringing revenue of as much as $5 million. I work real hard and I’m the first elected judge who’s a woman in the city.”