Orange Co. judge announces resignation

March 13, 2019

Orange County Judge Dean Crooks announced plans to resign effective March 19, noting his inability to keep debate about a possible second Chevron Philips plant from turning “argumentative and ugly.”

The abrupt declaration took Commissioners Court members by surprise. Their Wednesday meeting was filled with county residents, a number of whom are speaking in favor of offering whatever is necessary to attract a second Chevron Philips plant.

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Several planned to attend the meeting to respond to assertions by Crooks that commissioners should be “creative” when thinking about how to attract the investment instead of simply offering tax breaks.

Despite Crooks’ announcement of his resignation, the residents were still encouraged by the commissioners to share their opinions.

Chevron confirmed its interest in Orange County as a location for a second plant in January.The company has said the county is a finalist, but hasn’t said how many other locations are being considered or when a final decision will be made.

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Crooks, 55, was appointed interim judge nearly a year ago.

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