Barbara Hartle was appointed as Director and Presiding Judge for the Municipal Courts Judicial Department in May 2010 by then Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The Municipal Courts Judicial Department and the Municipal Courts Administration Department were consolidated in September of 2010, and she was named the Director and Presiding Judge of the newly merged Municipal Courts Department. Prior to this appointment, Barbara served the City of Houston as both a full-time judge and associate judge since 2006. Before joining the City of Houston as a judge, she served as a guardianship attorney for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, as a Regional Adult Protective Services Attorney for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and served the City of Austin as an assistant city attorney-prosecutor.
She has extensive law enforcement experience, including serving as a licensed Texas Corrections Officer, Texas Peace Officer, and as a Texas Adult Probation Officer. Prior to attending law school, Barbara served as a training specialist and program administrator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, her Masters of Arts in Human Services from Saint Edward’s University, and her Juris Doctor degree from Saint Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.