JAY ELGIN JOHANNES

jay-origJay has been licensed to practice law since 1994. He is licensed in Virginia and Texas as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He served as an Assistant Colorado County Attorney for 12 years, rising to the level of 1st Assistant County Attorney, before being elected County Attorney.

He is Board Certified in Criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is the current chairman of the Board of Trustees for Columbus Community Hospital. In addition to authoring several articles he has served on the editorial board for The Texas Prosecutor magazine. In 2005, he was appointed by Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson to serve on the Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

Jay became the County Attorney on January 1, 2013.  His role is outlined in the Code of Criminal Procedure art. 2.01: " . . . it shall be the primary duty of all prosecuting attorneys, not to convict, but to see that justice is done."