Jackson County Constable Cyndi Poulton appointed JP
When Cyndi Poulton was a little girl, she told her mom that when she grew up she'd be a police officer. And she was.
For the past 25 years, Poulton, 43, worked in law enforcement, beginning her career as a dispatcher with Jackson County, and she most recently left her elected position as a Jackson County constable to be appointed Precinct 2 justice of the peace.
Poulton was recommended for the spot after Dwayne Taylor retired from the position after 25 years of service. Taylor tendered his resignation to the county June 23.
Poulton's first day on the job was July 1, and she said she plans to vie for the seat in the November election.
Her former constable seat in Precinct 2 is still open.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Wayne Hunt said the county is looking for someone to fill the constable position.
Poulton said while she served as constable, she was able to get a look at the justice of the peace position, and it interested her.
"It's the next level," she said.
Poulton said she's settling into the position by completing 80 hours of online schooling. Most recently, she completed a course on death records.
"You hold court; you marry people; you get to go on inquests," she said. "It's interesting."