Mayor's Office

Press Release




Barbara HartleApril 21, 2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker today named Municipal Court Judge Barbara E. Hartle to lead Houston’s Municipal Courts as Chief Presiding Judge.


“I believe Judge Hartle has the leadership qualities needed to direct our city’s court system to be even more responsive and efficient,” said Mayor Parker. “She is the only candidate with previous experience – both within and outside of Houston – in law enforcement, prosecution, administration, and judicial matters.”


Hartle was appointed as a municipal judge in April 2009 after serving as an associate municipal judge since 2006. Her background includes serving as a guardianship attorney at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, regional attorney for adult protective services at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, staff attorney for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice State Counsel for Offenders, and assistant city attorney for the City of Austin. Hartle previously held licenses as an adult probation officer, peace officer, and corrections officer while working in Travis County.


A graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Hartle also holds a Master of Arts in Human Services from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. Her nomination requires confirmation by Houston City Council.


The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts handles civil and criminal cases such as traffic offenses and violations of city ordinances. The Houston Municipal Court system is the largest of its kind in the State of Texas and one of the largest in the country. More information can be found at