Probate judge recovers from stroke

Published 2:18 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard suffered a stroke over the weekend, but county commissioners are hopeful he will be back on the job soon.



County Commission Vice Chairman Roy Moore said Ballard continues to recover and Ballard’s doctors say his prognosis is good.

Moore presided over Monday’s county commission meeting in Ballard’s absence, and wished the judge a speedy recovery and return to work.

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“It’s just going to take a little time,” Moore said Tuesday morning.

Moore has talked with Ballard and expects him to be out for a month or so.

During that time, Moore will step in to help oversee work related to the county commission. Moore has served six terms on the commission and has been its chairman in the past.

“I’ll continue to fulfill the duties that Kim would as chairman,” Moore said. “It’s nothing new to me. Everything will be run as normal. I told the judge I would keep him abreast. We’ll be in touch.”

As far as the Dallas County Probate Court, Moore said chief clerk Suzanne Ingram will lead that office until Ballard returns.

“Suzanne and I will work together. The duties of that office will continue,” Moore said.

Ballard was reelected probate judge in 2012. His current six-year term ends in 2018.