Bell County Judge - Jon H. Burrows
Bell County Historic Courthouse
101 E. Central Avenue
Belton, Texas 76513
Phone: (254) 933-5105
Fax: (254) 933-5179
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 768
Belton, Texas 76513
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Bell County Judge Jon Burrows is in his 5th term as County Judge. Judge Burrows was raised in Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a Air Force Scholarship and is a retired colonel from the Air Force reserves. Following release from active duty, he entered law school at the University of Texas, where he received his law degree in 1976. He practiced law in Temple until his election as County Judge in 1998.
He and his wife, Katie, have been married 47 years. She retired in 2011 as Chair of the Biotechnology Department of the Texas Bioscience Institute of Temple College. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Temple College. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Judge Burrows has served as Chairman of the Board of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Temple College, been President of the Temple Lions Club, been Campaign Chairman of United Way of Central Texas, and has served on many other boards and committees.
He is the Past-President of the North & East Texas County Judges & Commissioners Association, current Chairman of the Hill Country Transit District, and Past-President of the Central Texas Council of Governments. He also served for 10 years on the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group. He is one of two county appointees by Governor Perry on the Texas Commission on Indigent Defense, having served since its inception in 2001.
He is a 2008 graduate of the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's V.G. Young Institute of County Government.
As the chief elected official in Bell County, he manages a budget of over $90,000,000. Bell County has about 1,100 employees. County responsibilities include providing a court and records system, a juvenile justice system, a county jail, a juvenile and an adult probation system, operating a county-wide 911 Emergency Communications Center; building and maintaining county roads and bridges; approval of rural subdivision developments; providing indigent health care services and providing numerous other services.