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Town of Knox Justice

Town justices have jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters, and in special proceedings as conferred by law. They serve a 4 year term and earn a salary of $10,143 per year.
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    TIMOTHY P FRANCIS (Rep, Ind, Con, Ref) Corrections

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    JEAN O GAGNON (Dem) Knox Town Justice

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Biographical Information

What have you done that qualifies you for this position?

If you are elected, what would you like to accomplish during your term in office?

Campaign Address 67 West Rd Berne
Campaign Phone (518) 598-8275
Community Involvement I am volunteer at my Church and support their outreach programs. I am a Assistant Shop Steward for my 294 local Union.
Experience and Qualifications I grew up working on a dairy farm and I have owned a small business. I am currently in the final stages of a 25 year career in law enforcement. I have a lot of experience with the criminal justice system.
Biography I am a lifelong resident of Knox. I have been married for 31 years and have 4 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Occupation and Special Skills As a Correctional Sergeant I have been responsible for the care, custody and control of Inmates, and the supervision of officers carrying out the same duties. Through the course of my career I've dealt with Courts, Judges , Attorney's and various law enforcement agencies.
I have 25 years of work in the criminal justice system and have dealt with all the various aspects of it. For the past 6 years I have been an Assistant Shop Steward and have worked hard to bring various parties together to solve problems.

I would like to bring my years of experience to the office and work to solve complex problems within the criminal justice system.
Campaign Phone (518) 366-4407
Community Involvement I am an active participant and volunteer for the Knox Youth Council, Knox Winterfest, Knox Memorial Day Parade, BKW PTA, St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Church and the Rescue Mission of Albany. I have developed and present legal information seminars for BKW Jr/Sr High School and present at the annual NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets conferences for municipal officers. In addition, I use resources from my business to support many local causes, including the Jean Forti Walk for Education. .
Experience and Qualifications I have faithfully and impartially served the Town of Knox as their justice for 12 years. I have completed over 200 hours of highly specialized judicial training.
Biography My husband and I moved to Knox over 20 years ago to raise our two daughters in a rural, close knit community. I've been fortunate to have a successful 40 year career in travel, culminating in the recent purchase of my own travel agency.
Occupation and Special Skills I am an intelligent, energetic and hardworking individual whether I am on the bench, or behind my desk. I have excellent communication skills and value honesty and integrity. These attributes and skills help me serve my community and ensure that their experience within the court system is one that they can reflect on as positively as possible. In my 12 years as town justice I have developed excellent working relationships with local law enforcement, district attorneys, public defenders, probation departments, and correctional facilities. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for arraignments, search warrants and orders of protection, protecting the security and safekeeping of my community day and night.
For twelve years as town justice I have guaranteed defendants and victims the due process of law they are entitled to in a variety of cases: criminal, civil, small claims and vehicle and traffic. Our court has operated efficiently and conscientiously and garnered the respect of all members of the local criminal justice system. I have effectively administered justice that protects and enhances our fundamental constitutional rights all the while considering the effect on both our local community and the general public. Over 200 hours of specialized training, annual inspections of secure facilities, and experience serving temporary assignments in larger courts has increased the first hand knowledge essential for important decisions regarding sentencing, alternative work programs, community service and court supervision of defendants.
I would like to continue to develop the legal information seminars for students, including parents and other adults whenever appropriate. Our court has been very successful in obtaining NYS grants to update our technology and storage capabilities and I would like to continue that process. The town justice court is, in many cases, a citizen's first and only interaction with the judicial branch of our government. I would like to continue to ensure that their experience is fair, respectful and has a positive affect on their lives. logo


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