Questions Surrounding Ector County Constable's Resignation 11/12/13
CBS 7 News
November 12, 2013
ODESSA, TX-An Ector County Constable submitted his resignation for a second time.
The Ector County Commissioners Court accepted Jefferson Corning's letter of resignation during today’s meeting.
Corning, the former constable for Precinct 4, failed to complete his hours of training needed to become a certified peace officer.
Many may not realize that a county constable does not need to have any training or certification to be elected, but in order to stay in office, the newly appointed official has several months to become certified.
After numerous of calls and research, CBS 7 found out that a county constable has the same enforcement powers as a police officer and other peace officers, according to the Texas Association of Counties and to Ector County Judge Susan Redford.
"Under the local government code, and under the constitution of the state of Texas, [a constable] is not required to be a certified peace officer at the time they take office, they have 270 days to fulfill their training," said Judge Redford.
Judge Redford says anyone can be eligible to run for the position as long as they are a resident of the precinct that they are running for, and agree to meet the education and licensing requirements in a matter of 270 days after being elected.
As of now the position for county constable remains open for another 3-years.
"Commissioners Court can appoint somebody to fill the unexpired term, and in the past in precinct office, we have done that," said Judge Redford.
If the county constable fails to complete their training, they either have to resign like Corning, or be forced out by the state.
Judge Redford says anyone who is interested in becoming the next constable for precinct 4, can contact either herself or Commissioner Armando Rodriguez.
For more information on what it takes to be a county constable you can visit http://www.county.org/Pages/default.aspx.