Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Reappoints Three to Governing Board of Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Thursday, March 27, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed three members to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016. The commission develops policies and standards for providing legal representation and other defense services for indigent defendants at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings.

Jon Burrows of Temple is Bell County judge. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Bell County Bar Association, chair of the Hill Country Transit District, a board member of the Central Texas Council of Governments and Hill Country Community Action Association, and a member and past president of the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association. He is also a past member of the National and Texas associations of Counties and Texas Conference of Urban Counties, a past board member of the Brazos Region G Water Planning Group, past chairman of the Temple Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Texas, and a past trustee of Temple College. He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve. Burrows received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Olen Underwood of Willis is presiding judge of the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association and American Judicature Society, chair of the Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency, and a member, past Judicial Section board member and past Grievance Committee secretary of the State Bar of Texas. He is past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Blue Ridge Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, and a past member of the American Judges Association and National Conference of Metropolitan Courts. He is also founder and director of You Are My SonShine Ministries, founder of the Student Transition and Recovery Program, past chairman of the Tyrone Evergreen Baptist Association and a past trustee of the Texas Baptist Children's Home and Miracle Farm. Underwood received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Glen Whitley of Hurst is Tarrant County judge. He is a member of the University of North Texas System Board of Regents, Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council and National Association of Counties (NACo) Financial Services Corporation Board. He is a board member and past president of NACo, an executive board member and past president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and a member and past chair of the Regional Transportation Council and Texas Conference of Urban Counties. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Whitley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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