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Johnson County, Texas is a county within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the larger North Texas region. Its county seat is Cleburne, Texas and it is located south of Tarrant County and Fort Worth. Johnson County is a predominantly rural county although suburban sprawl from Fort Worth has penetrated into the county and the northernmost communities, particularly Burleson and Mansfield, are suburbanized.
County Government in Johnson County
The county government in Johnson County is similar to other counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The county’s chief administration is the Commissioner’s Court. Although the Commissioner’s Court is run by a judge it is not a judicial entity like most courts in Texas and does not hear litigation. Instead the judicial role is administrative in Johnson County. The Commissioner’s Court acts similar to a city council for a city. They set policy and budgets for the county’s responsibilities within its borders. They also oversee certain administrative districts within the county.
The Johnson County government is responsible for county operations within the county borders and has direct authority over all unincorporated areas within the county. Incorporated cities may be subject to rules set forth by the county but the county government does not have direct authority or oversight over the city government. Each incorporated city in Texas is a sovereign entity.
Johnson County Geography
Johnson County is primarily a rural county although as suburban sprawl from Fort Worth continues to grow south an increasing amount of Johnson County will suburbanize and Cleburne itself may one day become an urban center in the DFW area much like Denton. Cities in Johnson County include Alvarado, Briaroaks, Burleson, Cleburne, Coyote Flats, Cresson, Cross Timber, Crowley, Godley, Grandview, Joshua, Keene, Mansfield, Rio Vista and Venus.
Courts in Johnson County
Johnson County courts are similar to other county courts in the DFW area. Cities in Johnson County operate municipal courts that oversee violations of city ordinances and low level criminal offenses. Johnson County operates multiple Justice of the Peace courts that also hear minor criminal offenses and certain civil cases. The county has two county courts at law that preside over mid-range criminal offenses and various civil matters. The county has three district courts. They preside over the most serious criminal offenses and much of the civil litigation. Appeals from Johnson County go to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for Texas. The county is within the Northern District of Texas for federal litigation.
Crowley, Texas is a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas primarily in Tarrant County with a small portion in Johnson County. It is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and the larger North Texas region. The town neighbors Benbrook, Joshua, Edgecliff Village, Rendon and Burleson, Texas. Crowley, like much of Tarrant County, Texas, was settled by Anglo-Americans from the United States in the 1840s. The community moved a mile to the west along railroads in the 1880s after railways laid lines in the area. The town gained its name from the master of transportation for the railroad. The town incorporated in 1951. Today it is largely a residential suburb of Fort Worth.
The town receives services from its city government and each county respectively. Students attend Crowley ISD and local private schools. The courts overseeing Crowley, Texas primarily involve the Tarrant County, Texas and Johnson County, Texas county and district courts. Crowley is also within the United States Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division for federal lawsuits.
Burleson, Texas is a town on the south side of Fort Worth, Texas split between Johnson County, Texas and Tarrant County, Texas. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the larger North Texas region. Many Burleson, Texas residents have their cases heard in Johnson County; however, there are parts of the town within Tarrant County. Before considering any legal action you should carefully determine in which county you reside. When children are part of the legal issue then you may also need to assess in which county they reside.
Rail lines arrived in the latter part of the nineteenth century through the North Texas region. The MKT line extended service from Denison to Waco, Texas. Railways desired a depot south of (downtown) Fort Worth. The railway selected the location that is today Burleson, Texas. The rail line purchased land for a depot and a city surrounding the depot that is today Old Town Burleson. The first lot sold in October 1881 and the town was born.
The town received its name from the president of Baylor University. The city continued to develop through its connection to the railroad. As rail travel slowed in the twentieth century it suffered. Manufacturing developed in the town and as suburban sprawl brought the DFW economy to the town, the population has grown as a quieter suburb on the south side of Fort Worth with continuing suburban growth for the foreseeable future.