Judge Cobos is a native Texan and was born and raised in Fabens, Texas (El Paso County). He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas in 1979 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Prior to becoming Justice of the Peace, Mr. Cobos worked for the Midland County Sheriff’s Dept. from 1979 through 1987. Judge Cobos worked as a Jailer, Patrol Officer and Major Crimes Investigator. In 1984 Cobos implemented the Midland Crime Stoppers Program.
In 1987 Cobos was appointed State Director of Texas Crime Stoppers by Governor William P. Clements. Cobos worked in the Gubernatorial administrations of Governor Clements, Governor Ann Richards and Governor George W. Bush in the Criminal Justice Division. He was eventually promoted to Deputy Executive Director of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
In 1997 Cobos was appointed by the Midland County Commissioner’s Court to fill the unexpired term of Judge Robert H. Pine. Judge Cobos has run unopposed in all elections since his initial appointment in 1997 for Midland County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2.
Cobos is a member of the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas and serves as Chairman of the Justice of the Peace Legislative Committee and District 4 Director. Judge Cobos was named Judge of the Year by the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas in 2004/2005. In 2008 Judge Cobos was the recipient of the prestigious JPCA T.A. Vines Award. In May 2009 Cobos was named Judge of the Year by the West Texas Justices of the Peace & Constables Assoc. Judge Cobos was also a nominee for a Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2007. In 2008 Judge Cobos attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Judge Cobos also implemented the award winning Justice Court Alternative Sentencing Program/Teen Leadership Program in 1998 designed to divert juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system and impact the dropout rate in Midland. In 2002 the Program received the Texas Association of Counties Best Practices Innovation Award and in 2007 the Program received the JPCA Best Practices Award. In December of 2008 the Program was featured on ABC World News Tonight
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Midland, TX 79701
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500 N. Loraine St., Suite 1100
Midland, TX 79701
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