County Judge

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Honorable Roger Harmon

Phone: (817) 556-6360
Fax: (817) 556-6359
Johnson County Courthouse
2 N. Main St
Cleburne, Texas 76033

The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of county judge, who presides over a five-member commissioners court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations.

The county judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to state hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianship for special purposes. The judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The county judge may perform marriages.

A county judge in Texas may have judicial responsibility for certain criminal, civil and probate matters - responsibility for these functions vary from county to county. In those counties in which the judge has judicial responsibilities, the judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts. The county judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and in counties under 225,000 population, the judge prepares the county budget along with the county auditor or county clerk.


County Judge Roger Harmon was born and raised in the County Seat of Johnson County. He attended Cleburne schools and also Hill and Tarrant Junior Colleges.

"I am very honored to have been married 52 years to the former Martha Hindman and am the Father of two grown children, Greg and Wendi. One of my greatest joys in life is my grandchildren, Trevor, Tessa, Hunter, Marissa and Mason and our great granddaughter, Arabella. I also serve as a deacon at Field Street Baptist Church. Prior to becoming County Judge in 1995, I successfully owned and operated my own insurance company in Cleburne for 20 years with a branch in Burleson."

Judge Harmon states "I am firmly committed to the principles of conservatism in matters concerning management of County business affairs. During the past twenty-five years, Johnson County has experienced a population increase from 97,165 to 175,000 making our growth rate one of the highest in the State. This dramatic growth has presented a multitude of challenges, and opportunities for all County offices. I am very pleased with the manner in which our offices have been able to respond and effectively deal with this rapidly changing environment while at the same time providing our citizens with quality services. I sincerely believe that through our sound planning and conservative management philosophies, Johnson County will continue to be successful in dealing with all future challenges."

Some of the accomplishments during my term as County Judge are:

  • Received Grant from the Texas Historical Preservation Program for $4 Million to Restore the Historical Courthouse
  • Guinn Justice Center completed in 2004 to be used as Justice Center
  • *Received Award from Texas Association of Counties for 2005 Best Practice Outstanding Achievement Award
  • *Received Award from Cleburne Chamber of Commerce for Community Improvement Award
  • Assembled a Johnson County Task force to develop an order to regulate sexually oriented business in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County
  • Worked with the Johnson County Economic Development Commission to create a stronger tax base with added new jobs for our citizens
  • Newly Constructed Adult Probation Building, New Alvarado Sub-Courthouse, New Emergency Operations Center and a New 226 Bed Jail Facility

The following is a list of my public involvement in Cleburne, Johnson County and the State of Texas:

  • President of the Texas Association of Counties, County Judges and Commissioners Association 2012-2013
  • Past President of the Texas Association of Counties, North & East County Judges and Commissioners Association
  • Member of the North Central Texas Regional Transportation Committee
  • Member of many Chambers of Commerce throughout Johnson County
  • Past Member Hill College Technical and Workforce Advisory Council
  • Member Ex-Officio of Cleburne Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member of Operation Blessing
  • Past Board Member of the Pecan Valley Mental Health & Retardation Board
  • Member Ex-Officio of Johnson County Economic Development Board
  • Member Ex-Officio of Johnson County Committee on Aging
  • Past Executive Board Member of Texas Association of Counties
  • Executive Board Member of the Agricultural Extension for Johnson County
  • Board Member of the Workforce Development Board
  • Member of the Johnson County Juvenile Board
  • Past Member of the Conference of Urban Counties State Inter-Governmental Relations Committee
  • Past Chairman of the Johnson County Elected Officials Council
  • Past Advisory Board Member of the Child Study Center, Fort Worth
  • Served six years as member of the Cleburne I.S.D. Board of Trustees

"I pledge to keep an open dialogue between Johnson County and all the surrounding cities in order to continue moving forward with the growth of our County and to the employees to continue improving the working relationships within our offices."