Kyle Dalton

Kyle Dalton

Victoria County Constable Kyle Dalton is retiring.

Dalton, who has served Precinct 4 since 2016, will leave his position as constable more than one year early. His last day will be June 14.

“It has been an honor to serve the fine folks of Victoria County,” Dalton wrote in an announcement to County Judge Ben Zeller on Thursday.

Dalton’s four-year term was set to conclude at the end of 2020. Victoria County commissioners on Monday will receive official notice of Dalton’s departure and discuss the process to replace him.

Dalton on Friday declined to share his reasoning for retiring, saying only, “I’m just going to go enjoy life.”

“With a growing family and a Gulf full of fish, I see blue skies and calm seas in my future,” he wrote on his professional Facebook page. “I look forward to working with the newly appointed constable and will only be a call away if he/she ever needs my assistance.”

Zeller said he does not know why Dalton is retiring. “All he sent me was that one email,” he said.

Zeller said the search for a new constable will begin immediately. The county will inform the public of the open position, begin soliciting interest and start to gather names of people interested in being considered for appointment. The Commissioners Court will ultimately make the appointment to fill the vacancy.

“My hope and anticipation would be to have that appointment ready to coincide with Kyle’s departure, so there’s no intermediate time without a constable in the precinct,” Zeller said.

Anyone interested in the job should contact the county judge’s office, he said.

Also Monday, commissioners will discuss progress on the mold remediation plan for the Victoria County Jail.

The jail has remained on the state’s list of noncompliant jails for months, meaning it is not up to state standards regarding the health and safety of the people who work and are detained there.

Zeller said a group from Victoria met with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in Austin on Thursday, and the commission was “satisfied with the county’s timeline to get the issue resolved.”

“There are many proposals and procedures to come before this point, but our plan is to get the mold issue totally resolved and the jail ready for re-inspection by the end of October,” he said. “But we are being diligent in the process and taking the time necessary to address underlying issues at hand.”

Commissioners are expected to discuss the appointment of a committee formed to work through the proposal process.

Commissioners will also hear a report Monday from the Victoria County Veterans Services Office, which will include an update of the status and direction of the office.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, or on Twitter

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Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, or on Twitter.

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