The 89th District Court in Wichita County, left vacant following the passing of Judge Mark Price last month, has been filled by Governor Gregg Abbott. Wichita Falls attorney Charles Barnard has been appointed to fill the vacancy. Barnard still faces confirmation by the Texas Senate.  If confirmed, Barnard will serve until the November 2016 general elections. Barnard has reportedly stated he would run for election to the court in 2016.

Barnard is a fellow of the State Bar Foundation, member of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar of Texas, and a member and past president of the Wichita County Bar Association. He is also a pro bono attorney for the Wichita Falls Boys and Girls Club and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and is a sponsor of the Life Decisions Program with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Barnard earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from South Texas College of Law, according to information on the governor’s official state website.