Brett Ligon, Montgomery County District Attorney, has been selected by the Texas District and County Attorney Association (TDCAA) to become the representative for Region Five of the State of Texas. TDCAA is an association mandated by grants from the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and from private donations whose primary responsibility is to represent prosecutors in the entire state. TDCAA’s representation includes working with the legislature to inform its officials of issues affecting criminal law and prosecution and providing advice to prosecutors on legal issues that arise in individual jurisdictions. Additionally, the TDCAA provides the most training in the state specifically geared towards prosecutors and investigators in this field.
Region Five encompasses all of Southeast Texas from Bay City to Jasper, Beaumont to Waller, and everywhere in between including Harris County. As the representative for Region Five, Ligon’s duties include working closely with all elected district and county attorneys in the region as their liaison to the TDCAA. The requirements entail compiling a database on current bills in the legislature, how those bills could affect the criminal law and procedure, working with elected officials to ascertain issues affecting offices, and attending approximately four meetings a year in Austin to work with TDCAA and representatives from other regions.
The association’s president, Rob Kepple, a former prosecutor in Harris County, states that the association works on behalf of prosecutors and they have noticed that Mr. Ligon has worked hard to improve the quality and professionalism in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and that his work would also be of value to the association. Kepple stated that they look forward to working closely with Ligon and the other representatives.
Ligon stated that he is honored to have received this nomination and to have others recognize the work done in his two years in office. He further stated that the people of Montgomery County now have a prosecutor’s office they can be proud of. The DA’s office in this county is becoming well-known around the state and the nation, whether it is national recognition for the No Refusal program or more jury trials resulting in significant sentences for the county’s most dangerous offenders to making the criminal pay for his or her conduct.