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DA Grubbs talks to Lions

County and district attorney Joe Grubbs addresses local club
District Attorney Joe Grubbs spoke to the Ennis Noon Lions Club about the duties of the county’s law office.
Working with 15 attorneys, six investigators and a total of 35 people in the office, Grubbs said its most familiar role is that of preparing cases for the grand jury, which meets every other Wednesday. The grand jury is presented with approximately 50-60 cases. Those selected to the grand jury are picked at random out of about 80,000 people.
“It is an interesting body to serve on,” Grubbs told Lions members. “It will change your perspective on criminal activities in the county.”
Grubbs said it is the job of his office to take the facts that can be proven and present them in a way that shows how they coincide with the law.
In addition to handling criminal cases, Grubbs explained that the district attorney’s office also advises the commissioners court on legal matters, handles civil cases the county is involved in, handles property seizures and bail bond forfeitures, reviews contracts, manages mass gatherings such as Country Thunder, collects on hot checks, handles mental commitments, substance abuse commitments, protective orders and Child Protective Services cases, and referees issues on open records requests.
“Our purpose is to look after the health and safety of the people,” Grubbs said. “I know this field pretty well but I learn something new everyday.”
Along with all the other duties, Grubbs said he reads every autopsy performed in the county.
Grubbs said he asks of his employees to be fair and accurate and to also treat every person the same.
“Being crowded doesn’t mean you can’t do your job and I think we’ve proven that,” Grubbs said about being moved out of the courthouse nine years ago, after being promised to only be displaced for no more than 11 months.
Following the meeting the club held the Lions Diabetic Essay Contest with three participants from Ennis High School. The speakers included Senior Kyle Gerron, Senior Heidy Herschmann and Junior Nicole Murray. Nicole Murray was judged the winner. She will advance to the state level competition in Amarillo in May.
The club inducted new member Marylyn Wylie prior to Grubbs’ presentation.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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