Quiroga goes back to work
By Ian White
BONNIE Quiroga returned to work at the county justice center on Monday, despite an order by county judge Mark Henry and the mysterious sudden appearance of a lock on her office door.
Quiroga, whose return came almost 11 months after being summarily fired by Henry, was let into the building by three senior judges and county sheriff Henry Trochesett, who undid the lock with his building master key.
Hours later, one of the judges, Lonnie Cox of the 56th district court, issued his own order to “effectuate the enforcement” of his September 2014 decree that her termination as the county’s court administration director had been illegal.
But who will pay her remained another mystery as county commissioner Ryan Dennard told The Post on Monday evening that, as a result of her unexpected reinstatement by the judges, it was unlikely that the commissioners would vote to fund her salary.
Asked if that meant the judges would have to pay her themselves, he said: “I am curious to find out. Tuesday’s commissioners’ court meeting will be long and interesting.”
The Post will report on the meeting and its ramifications for the executive and judicial branches of the county’s government in Sunday’s edition.