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Victoria County Republican Primary Constable Precinct 4 candidate questionnaire

May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

John Miller

Editor's Note: Early voting is May 14-25 for the May 29 general election. To help our readers learn more about candidates in the contested races, we will publish responses to the League of Women Voters questionnaire. Candidates John Miller and Roger Stuart respond today.

• NAME: John G. Miller

• AGE: 50

• OCCUPATION: Constable Precinct 4 for seven years

Background and Qualifications:

I am a licensed Texas Peace Officer. Ten years with the VCSO as a reserve; seven years as Constable Precinct 4. I have had extensive training in civil process, which includes serving small claims citations; evictions; a writ of possessions; Certificates in Manufactured Housing Evictions; special investigations and gun trafficking to the Mexican cartels.

Why are you seeking this office?

Law Enforcement is a job that you have to have a passion for. By serving as your constable for the past 7 years, I am able to give back to the community that I was born and raised in. I enjoy meeting and visiting with the residents of Victoria County and will always be available to listen to their concerns and problems and be proactive to take care of them. I am always just a phone call away at 361-935-1583.

What are the greatest challenges for Constables and how would you address them?

Getting the community the information of what a constable's duties are. The JP Courts are the first responsibility of a constable. We serve and enforce all the judicial court orders that emit from the JP Court (civil process, which is, but not limited to, evictions and small claims service, child support notice and more) and act as the bailiff for the JP Court. Our jurisdiction also includes any county that touches Victoria County. And yes, constables have all rights and duties to enforce all traffic laws in Texas.

How can the office of Constable best serve the citizens of the county?

I will continue serving civil process and getting the return back to the court in a timely manner. This enables my constituents to have their day in court to resolve their disputes; also continue patrolling the neighborhoods both in the county and within the city limits. Working with VISD with their truancy problem and talking with the students and encouraging them to stay in school and do their best. I will continue searching for illegal trash dumps. I will also be available to assist the Victoria Police Department and Victoria County Sheriff's Office as needed on calls.

• NAME: Roger Stuart

• AGE: 58

• OCCUPATION: Retired from Victoria Fire Department after 35 years

Background and Qualifications:

I retired as an Assistant Fire Marshal in December 2011 after 35 years with the Victoria Fire Department. The last 23 years were served in the Fire Marshal's Office. I hold a Master Peace Officers license, as well as an Advanced Firefighter, Arson Investigator, and EMT-Basic license.

Why are you seeking this office?

I knew that after I retired, I wanted to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Victoria County. My first objective is to work with the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace and my fellow law enforcement officers to enforce all county and state criminal and civil laws. My second objective is to work closely with VISD to be proactive in dealing with student truancy issues. With my experience in working with the public and strong work ethic, I will be able to fulfill these goals as the full time working constable of Precinct 4.

What are the greatest challenges for Constables and how would you address them?

I have spoken to several constables here in Victoria, as well as surrounding counties, and one of the biggest challenges they have these days are all the truancy papers they have to serve. Having worked in the Fire Marshal's office, if we had problems with a child, we would work with the school district to try to address these problems. As Constable of Precinct 4, I want to work closely with VISD to find a proactive way to address the truancy problem prior to having to serve truancy papers on students and their parents.

How can the office of Constable best serve the citizens of the county?

As a full time constable, I will be able to not only serve civil papers and work with the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, but will also assist other law enforcement agencies with school zones and high volume calls. Many times, I have seen officers make calls when back up is not available. I can help with these calls on an as-needed basis. I can also assist as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician, which I do now with the Inez Volunteer Fire Department.

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