Judge Donna Klaeger served as County Judge in Burnet County, Texas for eight years, retiring in December 2014. She joined GMJ’s criminal justice practice in 2015.

As judge, she served terms as chair of the Capital Area Council of Governments and the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization. She was responsible for the forming of a Public Finance Corporation to design, build and operate the new Burnet County Jail, which resulted in major cost savings to taxpayers. Klaeger participated in all aspects of the design, build, and operation of the county jail.

Her firsthand knowledge of county jails led to an appointment in 2007 to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards by Governor Rick Perry, and appointment as Chair in 2009. Judge Klaeger led a two year TCJS regulation review and update, through communications and collaborations with county judges, commissioners, sheriffs, jail administrators, consultants, and special interest groups. The Commission now provides educational opportunities and technical assistance to counties across the State of Texas.

Judge Klaeger continues her work before the Texas Legislature as an advocate on jail issues, and works with counties throughout the state on matters related to corrections operations.

Criminal Justice