Carl Reynolds (pictured), administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration, says today is his last day at work, and he plans to play a round of golf tomorrow to celebrate his retirement.
On April 16 he starts work as a senior legal-policy adviser with the Justice Center at The Council of State Governments, a national nonprofit with an Austin office. He also will be collecting an annuity and pension for 27 years of state service. His new office is just two blocks from the OCA, where he’s worked since 2005.
“I’ve been mostly excited about the new gig and having two incomes. . . . But I’ve been experiencing kind of a backlash of emotion this week,” Reynolds says, noting he feels “sadness” at leaving a “great group of people.”
Reynolds says in his tenure he’s most proud that the OCA: helped create the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families to address child abuse and neglect issues; is collaborating with other governmental entities to address access-to-justice issues for the poor; and launched successful information-technology projects including, among other things, an appellate court electronic-filing system and an automated registry database, so judges can research litigants’ criminal backgrounds and other information.
Starting Monday, OCA general counsel Mena Ramon will be interim director until the Texas Supreme Court hires a new permanent administrative director.
“We’re very happy for Carl. He’s been in state government a very long time. He’s moving onto a new chapter in his life. But we’re very sad to see him go. . . . [H]e expanded our horizon and helped us grow as an agency and as individuals,” she says.
Ramon says Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and other justices are already interviewing applicants. Reynolds notes that he expects the court to name his successor sometime in April.
Jefferson didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
-- Angela Morris