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Rockwall appoints new council member to replace Mark Russo

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ROCKWALL – After interviewing 23 of the 33 applicants, the Rockwall City Council voted unanimously yesterday to appoint local attorney and former State Representative candidate Jim Pruitt to succeed outgoing three-term Council member Mark Russo.

Russo was elected July 31 to the new Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 position and has resigned to prepare for those duties, effective Sept. 18.

Pruitt will be sworn in Sept. 19 and will serve until the May, 2013, municipal election.

“I’m excited and looking forward to serving,” the newly appointed council member told TheRockwallNews.com earlier today. “I have a background in city government and there are several things I’d like to do.”

Noting that Pruitt previously served the City of Sunnyvale on various boards and commissions, Rockwall Mayor David Sweet said Pruitt is well grounded and understands city government.

“Jim Pruitt has a vast understanding of how our process works,” said Sweet. “We interviewed 23 outstanding candidates.” The Council voted 6-0 to appoint Mr. Pruitt.”

A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Political Science, Mr. Pruitt earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Baylor Law School in 1984. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Twice elected as the Judge for Dallas County Criminal Court 2, Pruitt was selected by his judicial peers as the Dallas Co. Presiding Judge for three years and as Local Administrative Judge for two years. He was also appointed to the First Administrative Judicial Region budget board, which included Rockwall County.

After leaving the bench, he opened the law office of Culpepper and Pruitt with his wife, Kenda Culpepper, who was elected Rockwall Co. Criminal District Attorney in 2008. Since then  Pruitt has owned and operated the Pruitt Law Firm, which practices in several areas, including mediation, family law and intellectual property law.

He lost to Scott Turner earlier this year in the District 33 State Representative  race.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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