County Judge

Elected Official

John E. Firth, Coryell County Judge
Phone: 254-865-5911 ext. 2222
Fax: 254-865-2040


Coryell County Main Street Annex
800 East Main Street Suite A
Gatesville, Texas 76528


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
This office observes County Approved Holidays and is closed for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m.


Jean Morrison, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 254-865-5911 ext. 2221


The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of County Judge, who presides over a five-member Commissioners' Court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations.

The County Judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to State Hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianships for special purposes. The Judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting elections notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The County Judge may perform marriages. The County Judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and in counties under 225,000 population, the Judge prepares the county budget along with the County Auditor or County Clerk.

  • Septic / On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF):
    • All Construction of, Alteration, Extension or Repair to, On-Site Sewage Facilities shall be permitted and inspected, regardless of the size of the tract of land.
    • An OSSF Permit is required for all systems unless it was 'Grandfathered' which means it was installed before September 1, 1989.
    • Forms / Documents:
    • Drawings and Location of Septic Systems. To obtain information concerning your permit or to locate drawings for your system, please contact Jean Morrison in the County Judge's office, 254-865-5911, ext. 2221; email
    • Technical Advice. To obtain technical information concerning installation, please contact the Environmental Officer, Greg Pitts, at the County Attorney's office, 254-248–3188.