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Dallas County Constable, Pct 4

4 year term. Must be 18 years or older, a US citizen, resident of Texas and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for serving warrants and serving as bailiff in the Justice of the Peace courts.
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
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    Sam Allen (Dem) Law Enforcement Professional

  • Kevin Solomon (Dem)

  • Bryan D Woodward (Dem)

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    Edward Wright (Dem) Current Deputy Sheriff

  • Donald G Artis (Dem) Deputy Constable

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    Sha Steiger Knight (Dem) Lieutenant, Dallas Constable Precinct 1

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    Ron E Bivins (Dem) Non Profit CEO / General Contractor

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Biographical Information

BACKGROUND: What in your background makes you qualified to handle the challenges of the Constable role?

PROCEDURES: What changes, if any, are needed in the procedures used by Dallas County Constables?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing for the county Constables and how would you address them?

Age 69
Education Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University (1975)
Campaign Phone (972) 978-8047
I am the only candidate to bring a combination of education, experience, and recognition to the office. I have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University & am a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State University with certificates from their Leadership Command College and their Chief Development Program. I served for 9 years as the Chief Deputy Constable for Dallas County Precinct 7, for 3 years as Chief of Police for Lockhart, and for 3 years as Chief of Police for Lancaster ISD -- all after serving for nearly 2 decades with the Garland PD & FD (arson). I have been recognized for my dedication to public service by the NAACP, Masonic Lodge, TX Governor Briscoe, and others.
Law enforcement is the most visible aspect of government in our communities. The role of the Constable is not only to keep the peace and enforce the law, but more importantly to help ensure that citizens have equal and open access to the justice courts to resolve their disputes. The priority of the constable’s office must be ensuring that civil process is properly executed and returned to the courts on time, 100% of the time. The constable’s office has a constitutional duty to execute civil process and that duty should always come first. I will review the processes and procedures in Pct 4 and work with the deputies to identify and implement ways to organize, prioritize, and streamline the office’s dedication to this important function.
The constable’s office has a tremendous opportunity in its remaining time to focus on community engagement and crime prevention through community policing strategies. I will work with community stakeholders to identify areas where the constable’s office can collaborate to help reduce opportunities for crime and reduce recidivism among low-level offenders. I am not afraid to examine the areas that many others don’t want to touch – such as the 296 registered sex offenders in Dallas who are categorized as “violent” or “high” risk for re-offending, or the fact that the criminal justice system in Texas somehow provides the bulk of public mental health services – and work with community partners to make Dallas County a safer community for all.
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Education Highschool Graduate 2 years of college
Campaign Phone (972) 975-7516
29 years of sevice in Law Enforcement and all the levels of traning from traning officer to youth Guidance instructor and my strong community roots.
Precinct 4 has been very fortunate to have Constable Roy Willimas Jr, as Constable over the past 7 year . I look to continue with that momentum and adding to it making sure that Precinct 4 stand ready as first reponders if needed bringing my level of traning as a tactical officer from the Dallas Sheriff Department and my understanding of commuinty.
With emergencies on the rise as it relate to the need for first responders I will work hard to make sure the if call on all deputy constable will be ready in roll as first responders ,coordinate with local law enforcement realizing all threats to our community.

With regard to eviction which are handle by the constable. I will make sure all deputy constable treat each person with respect and realizing the need when families are displayed . I will make sure my deputy constable are equip with infomation that address the needs of schools and option for prarents. Because in some cases that family become homeless resources need to be immediate and if not could lead to other problem such as truancy and other juvenile delinquency problems..
Age 70
Education Hours at Bishop College Master Peace Officer License
Campaign Phone (214) 202-2965
Served as Deputy Constable with Dallas County for 35 years and am now presently Deputy Constable for Tarrent County.
The changes that are needed by the Dallas County Constables are the same changes needed by all Law Enforcement entities, and that is to establish better communication between Officers of the Law and citizens. To establish better communication between Constables and Police Officers. As enforcers of the law, we are all here Serve and Protect no matter race, economics or sex.
Another issue will be to serve all court issued papers timely even if some research is required.
Age 40
Education 1995 Graduate of J. F. Kimball Cedar Valley Law Enforcement Academy Studied Criminal Justice @ DCCCD
Campaign Phone (469) 212-4605
With the 14 years of employment I have with the Constable's office at Precinct 1, I have the knowledge of both the clerical and deputy areas of the office. I began my career at the Constable's office as a clerk. While in this position, I enrolled into the Cedar Valley Law Enforcement Academy, graduating in January 2005. In April 2005, I was afforded the opportunity to become a Deputy Constable within the same office. I have worked in the Civil, Warrant, Truancy, Bailiff and Writ divisions. Currently I supervise the Training division and daily operations of the deputies. My passion, commitment, accountability, knowledge, proven leadership and management skills, equip me to handle the challenges of the Constable's role.
The procedures used by Dallas County Constables shouldn't be changed. I will, however, as the Constable of Precinct 4 educate the community of the procedures utilized and the importance of the office.
The issues of training and community inclusion are pressing for the Constable's office. Under my leadership, training for both deputy and clerical staffs will become priority. The law enforcement community is always changing and training is a vital key to educating and ensuring qualified employees continue to represent Constable Precinct 4. I will also address the issue of the diversity of Precinct 4 by implementing programs focused on Emotional Intelligence and relational importance. I believe in building effective working relationships, first within the Constable's office then the Precinct 4 community.
Age 55
Education Dallas Independent School District, Associate in Applied Arts, Dallas County Community College.
Campaign Phone (469) 261-3437
I have serve as a Civil Process Server for over 25 Years, hired by attorneys and appointed by the courts. I have served Dallas County for over 40 Years even as a youth. I will say that I have Served and will Served Precinct 4.
Currently, there are no procedural changes in the Precinct 4 office that I have seen in the last 8 years.
The key thing for me as the Constable of Precinct 4, is to educate the community of the role of the Constable office.