Judge Gordon Adams Announces Retirement

Belton, TX –Judge Gordon G. Adams of Salado announced today that, after 21 years as a district judge, he will retire from the 169th District Court on July 2nd, 2021. He has served as the 169th District Judge since he was appointed by Governor George W. Bush in June of 2000. Judge Adams has been the Local Administrative District Judge since December 2012. He plans to continue sitting on a part-time basis as a Retired Senior District Judge for the Third Administrative Judicial Region. His current term ends on December 31st, 2022.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to have worked with Judge Adams,” Bell County Judge David Blackburn said. “Bell County and the State of Texas are better off because of his willingness to serve.”

Following his appointment in 2000, Judge Adams was elected 6 times to continue serving as the judge of the district court. Prior to becoming a district judge, Judge Adams served for 8 years as a Court Master, or Associate Judge, for the Third Administrative Judicial Region in several counties in Central Texas. He has presided over both civil and criminal jury trials and non-jury trials and has heard thousands of family law cases over the 29 years as a district judge and Court Master.

Judge Adams has a long history of service to the citizens of Bell County. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Adams served on the Killeen City Council from 1982-1984 and the Board of Trustees of the Killeen Independent School District from 1984-1993. He served as Mayor Pro Tem of Killeen in 1983 and 1984 and served as President of the School Board from 1989 until 1993.

“It has been an unbelievable honor and privilege to serve as a district judge for the citizens of Bell County, and I want to thank all the people who have supported and encouraged me over the years,” Judge Adams said. “Although this job comes with a great deal of responsibility and stress, it also comes with the satisfaction of having participated in the process of resolving issues for many people.”