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    Meet Judge Glen Whitley

     

       

         Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley presides over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.  He is a leader on transportation, sustainable communities, efficient government, air quality, higher education, support for veterans and military families as well as youth and children’s issues.

         Judge Whitley graduated from Grand Prairie High School, earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  In 1983, he co-founded the accounting firm Whitley Penn with offices now in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston.  He was elected a Tarrant County Commissioner in 1996 and Tarrant County Judge in 2006.

         Judge Whitley is a past president of the National Association of Counties and of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, organizations that help local government develop policy, recognize regional opportunities and make joint decisions.  Judge Whitley is a past chairman of the Regional Transportation Council, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, and the Public Employee Benefits Cooperative, which manages public employee and retiree benefits.  He is a member of the national Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council, which advises the Government Accounting Standards Board on pensions and other post-employment benefits.  Judge Whitley also serves as a member of the University of North Texas System Board of Regents.

         Under his leadership, the county’s transportation bond package helps cities build and widen roads.  He has played a leading role improving access and care at the JPS Health Network.  Tarrant County has a lower tax rate than when Judge Whitley was elected.  He was named County Leader of the Year for 2010 by American City and County magazine.  Judge Whitley and his wife, Brenda, live in Hurst, Texas, have three grown children and six grandchildren.