Victoria County closes courthouse to public

VICTORIA, Texas- The State gives county leaders a lot of control over decision making related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting focused on the work to keep Victoria county as safe as possible. 

After a lengthy update from county judge Ben Zeller regarding COVID-19 to the court, new measures were taken to better follow CDC recommendations.

As of Tuesday, March 24th, the county courthouse and its annex will be closed to the public. Unlike the City of Victoria, which can unilaterally make a decision on closures, the county works differently. Department heads must all be considered for a decision like this.

The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office voiced concerns with their deputies who screen for security measures at the entrance of the courthouse. Chief deputy Roy Boyd stated if the courthouse was closed, that would eliminate that task and would keep those deputies away from public contact and stay safer.

County Judge Ben Zeller explained that “Based upon feedback from elected officials and others, was to try and more uniformly keep our employees and the public safe by limiting public access, so we’re different in how we operate, but we’re all trying to achieve the exact same goal.”

These changes will still allow officials access to the courthouse as they work to keep all services available to the public. County Judge Ben Zeller adds that people should always call ahead to any department if services are needed.