Magistrate placed on leave after charge

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  • Burnet County officials placed Magistrate Judge Kirk Noaker on paid leave, following a charge Jan. 18 in connection with a domestic investigation. Contributed
    Burnet County officials placed Magistrate Judge Kirk Noaker on paid leave, following a charge Jan. 18 in connection with a domestic investigation. Contributed
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A Burnet County criminal magistrate judge was removed from his duties after he was charged Jan. 18 with terroristic threat of a family member.

Kirk Darin Noaker, 52, of Meadowlakes was arrested on a Cottonwood Shores police warrant, booked into the Burnet County Jail and released the same day on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Noaker is the county’s first full-time magistrate, responsible in the preliminary stages of legal proceedings involving adults accused of criminal offenses. He is appointed by the Burnet County Commissioners Court.

“Judge Noaker is currently on paid administrative leave, while the arrest is being investigated,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Former magistrate Judge Roxanne Nelson — who is currently Burnet County Pct. 1 peace — assigned with handling the case flow in Noaker’s absence.

“Judge Nelson is coordinating coverage for that office with the justices of the peace,” Oakley said of the four JP’s who in the past had been participating in the magistration process for the county on a rotating basis.

“There will be no break in service as far as magistration,” he added.

Noaker’s ancillary duties included serving as the county’s indigent defense coordinator as well as mental health liaison.

“All official functions of that office are being covered,” Oakley said.

Noaker, who is a law enforcement veteran, also served in 2016 as an associate municipal judge for the cities of Burnet and Bertram.