Belinda Hill, a former state district judge who is First Assistant Harris County District Attorney, is the acting DA in the Harris County DA’s office following the death on Aug. 31 of first-term DA Mike Anderson at age 57.
Anderson, who took office on Jan. 1, had been battling cancer.
A memorial service for Anderson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday [Sept. 6] at First Presbyterian Church of Houston.
Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a new DA. Alicia Pierce, director of communications for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, says the appointed DA will serve until an election in 2014 for the remainder of the four-year term.
In response to a question about timing of an appointment, Josh Havens, a spokesman for Perry, wrote in an email: “An appointment will be made after a fair and thorough consideration of all qualified applicants.”
Hill did not immediately return a telephone message.
However, in a written statement, Hill wrote that Anderson’s death is a “terrible loss.”
“His sense of justice, his wisdom and support, his easy laugh, and, most of all, his friendship were his gifts to us. He loved this office and the people here serving the citizens of Harris County,” Hill wrote.
Anderson, a Republican who was a former assistant DA and a state district judge for 12 years, was elected in November 2012.He defeated Democrat Lloyd Oliver, a criminal-defense attorney in Houston.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys