Over the last year, Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk has taken repeated long leaves from work as District Attorney in order to seek treatment for depression. While her political enemies have tried to push her resignation, most media and political observers have been patient and supportive of her.
However, the tide is turning. The voices suggesting Hawk may need to step down given the long absences from work is growing. But what is the formal process for replacing Susan Hawk should she resign as District Attorney?
According to Lone Star Project, the replacement process is complicated and changes depending upon the date when Hawk resigns. If Hawk does this swiftly she can ensure the voters of Dallas County select her replacement instead of a hand-picked placeholder chosen by Governor Gregg Abbott, who lost Dallas County in 2014 by 11 percent.