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FROM SUBMITTED REPORT

Hays County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge David Glickler released this statement today after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated:

Today, I have chosen to accept an agreement and put an end to this case. In doing so, I am choosing to hold myself to a higher standard even though I believe I was not intoxicated on the night in question. But, as an elected official, I need to be tougher on myself and respectful of the system, and not allow my decision on that night to become a burden for two law enforcement officers, or one trial judge, or six jurors. And I want to turn the page on a situation that has affected my office and cast it in a negative light.

First and foremost, I want to apologize to all the people I disappointed because of their belief in me, especially my two children. These two kids have been through a very difficult year at a very important time in both of their lives, and yet they have been overwhelmingly successful and unbelievably loyal to me, despite what has transpired the last 12 months. I am incredibly blessed by these two, and I am proud that our relationships are stronger today than ever before.

To the citizens of Hays County who have supported me and believed in me, and those who have given me an opportunity to demonstrate my ability to perform as your public servant, I wish to apologize for letting you down in this way. Over the last year, I have worked diligently to improve the court system and make it a more efficient yet accessible place for litigants and citizens who rely on the County Courts at Law in Hays County. Respectfully, I ask for your consideration in assessing the entire job that I have done and for an opportunity to continue to prove myself to you. I will work relentlessly to restore your pride in my presence in this office.

I would also like to apologize to my fellow County Court at Law Judge and our amazing court staff, who have been so incredibly supportive over the last year, as well as to all of the Judges in the Courthouse and the Commissioners of the County for bringing this negative attention upon myself and, indirectly, all of us. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to apologize to the District Attorney and his office for how this impacted our working conditions over the last 11 months. We had just begun building a strong working relationship, as 2 of the 3 points of contact in the justice system, and my choice put his office in a tough situation that I hope this agreement can now begin to resolve. In spite of this situation, we have continued to modernize our activities, increase our ability to serve the citizens, and make great strides in handling increased caseloads with even greater efficiency.

I hope by my accepting this responsibility, the citizens and participants in the Court system will allow me to prove my worth and value to the justice system and to this County. I stand truly humbled, yet all the more determined to serve and to effect justice for each citizen of Hays County. The consequences of my choices as well as the strong hand of fate have shown me what is truly important in this life. Over the last 8 months, I have watched an 11, now 12, year-old boy narrowly escape the clutches of cancer. I have watched his mother do everything in her power to fight with him. I have been able to fight alongside them, and so have my children, and I have come away with a new, reinvigorated appreciation for how valuable life is; and it has shown me a new appreciation for what true responsibility is. And I will, for as long as I’m able, bring that appreciation and commitment to responsibility to doing my job for the people of Hays County on a daily basis.

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