The Texas Supreme Court announced today that Lubbock County court administrator David Slayton (pictured) will become the new administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration. Former director Carl Reynolds retired March 31.
“I’m real excited about the opportunity to go and work with the Supreme Court and the chief justice and all the great employees at OCA,” Slayton says.
As OCA director, he will supervise technical and administrative services for courts across Texas, supervise more than 200 employees and oversee a $45 million annual budget.
High court spokesman Osler McCarthy says, “David Slayton is and has been for several years a real wonder child in court administration up in Lubbock. . . . He’s really shown himself to be a remarkable administrator.” Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
When he starts as director, perhaps in early May, Slayton says he hopes to lead the OCA to reach out and help counties without professional court administrators, continue to expand electronic filing across the state, and test “innovative ideas” such as regional public defender offices and new court-performance measurement tools.
In his current position as director of court administration in Lubbock County, Slayton says he supervises administration of the county’s district and county courts-at-law.
Previously, he was court services supervisor for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. Slayton holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University and a master’s in public administration from Troy State University, which is now called Troy University.
-- Angela Morris