An Open Letter From Galveston County Constable Jerry Fisher
Galveston County Constable, Precinct 8
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Constable Jerry Fisher
Constable Jerry Fisher

Dear Friends:

As you may have read in Monday’s (8-4-14) edition of the Galveston Daily News, my office is in danger of losing (1) full-time deputy and (2) $100 a month deputies. 

This move is in addition to the planned reduction of the number of Constables from 8 to 4.  The rationale for the reduction of my staff is that Constables are charged under the Local Government Code primarily with serving civil process & warrants along with providing bailiffs to the Justice Court and that we should not duplicate the law enforcement efforts of other agencies. 

As peace officers however, Constables and their deputies are also charged under the Code of Criminal Procedure with preserving the peace in their respective jurisdictions. 

The statutory mandate provided in these two sections was clearly contemplated and intended by the Texas Legislature and is essential in maintaining the quality of life here in the North County.  I would also argue the value that constables provide to the taxpayers. 

The County is compensated from $70 to $200 for each service of civil process.  There are also fines and fees associated with the service of Justice Court warrants.  Constables also play a crucial role in the collection of restitution for aggrieved merchants and delinquent taxes for various taxing entities. 

My staff is composed almost entirely of veteran officers with years of honorable service with local police departments such as League City, Friendswood, Webster and Houston.  These highly trained & experienced deputies are compensated far less than municipal police officers or sheriff’s deputies.  Additionally, one of my $100 a month deputies holds an MBA and works 25 to 30 hours a week. 

In addition to our prescribed duties, we are proud to assist local police departments in locating and arresting felony suspects and providing traffic control for special events and at school zones such as Ross Elementary. 

If these services are important to you, I urge you to voice your concerns to Commissioners Court.
Jerry Fisher
Constable, Galveston County Precinct 8

Please read: The History and Duties of a Texas Constable

Mark Henry, County Judge - Email: - Cell  (713) 447-2541

Ken Clark, Commissioner - Email: - Cell (281) 236-3309

Stephen Holmes, Commissioner - Email: - Cell (409) 770-5806

Ryan Dennard, Commissioner - Email: - Cell (713) 885-2371

Kevin O’Brien, Commissioner - Email: - Cell (409) 370-2245

Great summary Constable Fisher. You have to wonder with two attorneys as County Commissioners, in additional to county legal advise, King Henry and his court jesters would know better. But they don't listen don't ask for input all they think about is cutting cost that amounts to a few dollars a year to the tax payers. If the tax payers who elected them would be asked, I am sure they would want all of their Police Officers keeping the peace. They certainly wouldn't want them terminated to save a few dollars. I think Bill Young and Clark's opponent fully support that a Peace Officer is a Peace Officer be they municipal, county, or state
Posted by LE at 8/6/2014 5:03:16 PM

Maybe it's time to replace some commissioners and Judge. The elections are in November, we can replace one Commissioner and the Judge NOW. And in two years if things aren't right we will vote to get rid of others. Playing with your employees lives and family lives is not a game. Taking Deputies off the street is not the answer. I think filling your back pockets $$$ is. NOT fair to the residence and Voters of Galveston County.
Posted by Rooster at 8/6/2014 5:50:13 PM

Mr. Dennard, If you are thinking about advancing your political Career to Bigger and better places, You might think twice about cutting Law Enforcement officers. It could come back to haunt you many many years from now..
Posted by X politician at 8/6/2014 6:03:24 PM

This is clearly the MOST anti law enforcement group of so called Republicans that has ever held positions in this 'court'. Ironically, the lone Democrat, understands the value of all county law enforcement agencies. Time to elect people that care about this county, not a group of Harris County transplants who only care about their pockets.
Posted by propolice at 8/6/2014 8:04:11 PM

I cannot tell you how many times I have been on a call and the deputy constables were my backup. My only backup. Those of us on the street NEED these officers. Our county commissioners and county judge are morons. They live in a fantasy world. I am taking back my vote from 4 years ago, it's time to get rid of a commissioner and judge RIGHT NOW. The citizens are NOT safer by reducing POLICE OFFICERS on the street. For what purpose??? So they can give themselves another raise????
Posted by LEO2 at 8/6/2014 8:07:14 PM

Funny how when Commissioner's Doyle and Holmes proposed that the Commissioners should take a cut in pay and reduce or remove the car allowance as a means of saving county tax dollars, Clark and his cronies about lost their mind and made statements like, "We're not lawyers." "We can't afford to take that type of cut." Yet they have no issue with curtailing the public safety of the people in the county by cutting law enforcement. I too know these fine public servants and they do a great service for the community. From working school zones in the morning to ensure our children make it to school safely to catching felony criminal fugitives. Fine work commissioners court. Before cutting public safety take a look at your own expenditures. Great example of leading by example...... NOT!!!!!
Posted by Tommy G at 8/6/2014 8:20:21 PM

Mr. Fisher, you and Mr. Norman and your deputies are a great bunch of officers and you do a great job. I just keep laughing because I know the favorite word is getting ready to be used CONSERVATIVE, sorry what a joke. People thought it was time for Judge Yarbourgh to leave but he was a hellva lot better than this joker.

As much as I hate to say it I might just have to look at Bill Young. Not sure where he stands on this topic but I guess we will see. he can cut your staff but what a joke to have Patricia Grady do an evaluation of the courts and the software when she has no clue....maybe she is doing it for free (?).
Citizen please wake up start voting for the person who really wants to help you not those who want to abuse power...we have that in Washington.
Posted by What you Say at 8/6/2014 8:26:58 PM

I absolutely support the preservation of all our Galveston County Constable Office's. Our elected constables bring so much value to the area's they serve. Not to mention their value during a hurricane..

In Pct 8 for example.. Jerry has provided his community with an undercover deputy that has arrested countless hijackers,sex offenders, child molesters, murderers..On the pay of ONE deputy alone! It is not just about the money. This is about a safer county for our families folks!

Jerry also has a reserve deputy at PCT 8.. His name is (Tony) I'd put him up against anyone's regular deputy.. He works almost full time, about 30 plus hours every week, Tony works the school zones for free and clears 10 to 15 thousand dollars in warrants fines a year. His total yearly cost to the taxpayer, $1200! God bless this man. He needs to be honored for his years of selfless service to us, Not fired!

I'm beginning to think our commissioners may not have all the info they need. I can't beleive if they really knew about Tony they would ever consider taking that kind of value away from us.

Most our constables make use of the reserve deputy program. There is no better value than the men and women like Tony in law enforcement. I will work to increase the authorized number of reserve slots county wide.

I also understand Constable's Fullen and Montez will lose their entire staff. What about the need for service in the meantime? civil papers in the pct? JP Court warrants?

Looking for ways to save cost is a good thing.

Telling folks Our constables are a waste of tax dollars because of a duplication of services is not..

Especialy when your actions of increasing the constable manpower in certain pct's contradicts the commissioners explaination of the manpower cuts in others.

YOU WON'T FIND any city officer or sheriff volunteering to serve our JP civil process or the J P court warrants, Means there is NO duplication of service.

In fact, Did you know there are millions of uncollected warrant fees just setting uncollected in the JP courts. You bet as a former warrant officer..I can and will fix this. I feel we need at least one more deputy constable in every pct who is only assigned to serve and collect warrants.

These professional warrant officers would be paid from the served warrant fee's only, These deputies would actually cost the county very little, basically just gas and wear and tear on marked vehicles..

Instead of cuting employees to save 500 thousand a year lets hire employees to collect an additional 1 to 2 million dollars a year. This warrant money is also money that the county can use for raises and to pay for a county day care program I want for our employees.

This is a perfect opportunity to collct the JP warrants. If not now, when? especially before we lose four of our eight constables in 2016. But for now and keeping with the timeline of the agreed redistricting agreement,, I suggest we let the agreed process work and the voters pick the constables in 2016.

And to our County Judge and Commissioners respectfully,

Lets create jobs that will generate some real revenue. Please consider authorizing the hiring the extra warrant and reserve officers in each precinct, The warrant money is there. Just step up and go get it..and lets get on with building a safe prosperous county.

Best Regards To all.

Bill Young,
Independent Candidate for County Judge
Posted by Bill Young at 8/6/2014 8:50:41 PM

Constable Fisher stands up for his people, where are the other 7 Constables? You don't have to let King Henry and his court jesters roll over you. Speak up and support Bill Young and Clark's opponent. You have nothing to lose. If you think you are safe, your not, this is just the beginning. Do some research, read the Texas Constitution on the duties of a Constable, check the CCP, review case law, check what the AG says on a number of similar issues. Don't believe the crap they put out grow a set, and standup. You have nothing to lose.
Posted by SUG at 8/6/2014 10:07:25 PM

The residents of Galveston County would no way, shape, or form benefit from this reduction in law enforcement personnel!
Posted by Business owner at 8/7/2014 6:34:16 AM

Give all Civil Process to the Constables (take away from the Sheriff) Let the Sheriff only deal with Criminal matters. Frees up Deputies for the street and warrants service.
Posted by Pam matranga at 8/7/2014 9:13:13 PM

Oh Mark! Oh Ken! oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
You had a good thing going with Judge Jim. I pray that the good people will assist in furthering the careers of the ringleaders on down the road like Harris County in November. VOTE BILL YOUNG County Judge!
Posted by Sonot Boi at 8/7/2014 9:55:54 PM

I hope the citizens of Galveston County fully realize that this reduction in Police presence will affect everyone. It is insane to cut police for the North end of Galveston County. This is a target rich environment for criminals. They go where the money is. All police departments as well as the SO are stretched thin, we should be adding not subtracting. We are going to cut loose experienced deputies for a small imagined cost saving. Why not apply them toward criminal warrant execution. There is tens of millions of dollars in uncollected fines and fees that could bring in revenue.
Posted by LE at 8/7/2014 10:34:04 PM

For decades the County has had no problem funding the Constables. Now that the County has grown tremendously and receiving much more tax payers money, and the crime rate is out of control. We for some reason can no longer afford to fund our Constables. Something is not adding up!!!!
Posted by Concerned Citizen at 8/8/2014 6:19:48 AM

Galveston County is the safest County in Texas. I think we should cut funding all law enforcement and use the money to improve roads and make our parks nicer, And of course give raises to all non- law enforcement County employees.
Posted by Flower Child at 8/8/2014 7:15:34 AM

Sounds like Flower Child lives in an alternative universe, or perhaps the nickname says it all. I agree all county employees deserve a raise, as for road improvements and parks, certainly. We need to provide a nicer place for criminals to rest and plan there activities, and more importantly good roads to make their escape.
Posted by GUP at 8/8/2014 8:58:30 AM

Constable Fisher, you and your staff do an amazing job with already limited staff and funding. CLARK has done enough damage to this county and must go. Personally these cuts and other galveston county tea party member (cut to cut ) because of your platform is a shame and hurting the employees. Too bad it's too late for the Constable to run against Clark for commissioner.
Posted by Santafe1 at 8/8/2014 11:37:15 AM

Unfortunately the Constables of today are paying the price of the less active Constables of earlier years. Here lately you see the Constables in a more active role in law enforcement in there respective precinct's.
Posted by dtruth at 8/8/2014 1:39:09 PM

Well said Constable Fisher!!
I do not live in Galveston Co. however I did spend 30 yrs in law enforcement and I am here to tell you the constable's office is very important to the county. These officers are sworn police officers and have the same powers and it would be like cutting your throat if they got rid of them.
Good luck, God bless and stay safe out there!!
Posted by Linda at 8/8/2014 5:16:19 PM

All of your comments are spot on...well except Flower Child. Let's stop the madness we have a RINO for Sheriff and we vote only by party....research the candidates and listen to what they are saying, look at their character, their values and what they want to accomplish.

We basically live in a violent world and we need law enforcement - can you really envision this county or any other with out it? It would be like the old saying...only crooksmwouldmhave guns. Gets "I gonna make money" Mark Henry and the others out of there...we need vision not cuts because I'm a conservative.
Posted by What you Say at 8/8/2014 9:27:26 PM

Seems like the more I read about Clark, and Henry the less I like. Every time they speak Bill Young, and Robert Hutchins get more support. I think unless their is a major change in their attitude toward the taxpayers and employees of this county they are history. Dennard if you were up for re-election you would be easily defeated. Maybe in two years people will forget or by some miracle you learn to be respectful and not shoot from the hip on matters you know not, or have your strings pulled by master puppeteer Clark then maybe...
Posted by LE at 8/10/2014 3:36:03 PM

What you Say...Really? "Let's stop the madness we have a RINO for Sheriff and we vote only by party....research the candidates and listen to what they are saying, look at their character, their values and what they want to accomplish." And you end with "....I'm a conservative." Really? Hypocrite comes to mind..."research," "listen," "look at their character, values, and what they want to accomplish," but you call the Sheriff a "RINO!!!" Practice what you preach. It may give more validity to your views.
Posted by Really at 8/11/2014 11:27:09 AM

all are banking on our busy lives (and our short memory, our forgiving nature, our "non-legalese" mind+speech...) so we don't have time for fact-checking: throw anything out there (preferably in their favor), and see if it'll stick; if they got called out, just blame ... any "over-zealous/rogue" (?) team member acting on his/her own, their "overloaded" memory, etc... and etc...Take some time and check them out!
Posted by citizentoo at 8/11/2014 11:39:03 AM

Good comments, Constable! I can see that you truly care for your county.

For those who have not seen this, here is a synopsis of what is going on with Ryan Dennard and Mark Henry in feisty Gilchrist on Bolivar. You become whom you associate with -- may I remind you, Jerry Patterson's career has gone down in flames.

Please see this.

The best part is at the very end!
Posted by Knick Kname at 8/11/2014 1:57:10 PM

I had to enter "Jerry Fisher" in the search screen to find this article.. WOW!! Did you know Constable Jerry Fisher has at least 70 articles in the Police News about what he has done for the community....
Posted by wow at 8/11/2014 9:29:24 PM

Glad to see this article is back and continues to be of interest. What King Henry and his court jesters are doing is really important to both the taxpayers and employees of Galveston County. Hey King Henry and Ken Clark a lot of employees who work for the county are coming out in mass to vote you guys out
Posted by topcat at 8/11/2014 10:43:33 PM

I have known Jerry Fisher for 34 years and worked with him while I worked at League City Police Department. He is intelligent and pragmatic that gets the job done. If Commissioners Court thinks that there is an overlapping of jobs, they simply don't understand the job being performed and therefore should be fired. Robert F. Kennedy had a great quote on policing:

"Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it
insists on."

What kind of law enforcement are the citizens of Galveston County going to insist on? Support Constable Fisher and his deputies!
Posted by Dave at 8/12/2014 12:49:39 AM

Very well said Dave!! Without our safety, We have nothing...
Posted by Another Cop at 8/12/2014 7:38:44 AM

What I feel doesn't make any sense is the way the county has been gerrymandered. It seems that precincts boundaries were redrawn to benefit the county commissioners and not the residents. Voters sure elected a bunch of worthless people this past election.
Posted by John Richardson at 8/12/2014 11:05:00 AM

John your comment regarding gerrymandered is right on. If you or any other citizens of Galveston County get a chance to view Judge Henry and his commissioners you begin to see the full impact of their decisions. Go to the County Website and follow the links and you can view them in real time. Judge Henry appears clueless so all eyes are on Ken Clark with comments from Ryan Dennard. They are trying to determine how staff should be allocated without any factual basis to make a decision. Why? They had no plan except to gerrymander and ensure that they were safe. They have no metrics, have no idea what the workload is for each new JP/Constable. It is painful to watch and a real embarrassment as they flounder around. We pay this group in salary, benefits and expenses over a million dollars. To further add insult to injury they discuss staff reductions and joke and laugh. Their collective business sense couldn't successfully run a mom and pop store. You can't run a business public or private without metrics. Unless you know where you are how can you chart the future. Management 101 where are you? As I say very painful to watch. We as taxpayers should get a refund
Posted by LE at 8/12/2014 6:25:10 PM

As I read the comments it seems that framing the argument in terms of those wanting more police officers and those wanting less misses the mark. It’s really about planning, leadership, communication, respect, and trust.
A realignment of JPs, Constables and Commissioners was necessary; Galveston County does not require 9 JPs, and 8 Constables. With this in mind an implementation plan should have been developed. This is where leadership was required and not provided by Judge Henry and his staff. They should have met with all of the JPs and Constables affected by the realignment to determine where staff could be reassigned. The remaining JPs and Constables should on a trial basis accept those individuals displaced by the realignment subject to TCOLE requirements for police officers. Many of the reassigned deputies, under the strong leadership of Constables like Fisher, and Sharp could become a real asset. Maybe assigned to collect the millions of dollars in outstanding restitution, fines and fees owed the county.
It is not logical to think that redrawing the precincts would require less staff. The total area is the same and the population is growing. You can argue that some of the JPs and Constables were underperforming but where are the metrics? What’s also interesting is that without realignment only one JP position would be eliminated and funding would likely be the same. So the argument that we are saving tax papers money is an insult to anyone with any intelligence.
The next failing was a lack of communications. Judge Henry should have communicated to all employees what was being proposed and how the plan was moving forward and get feedback and maybe buy in. Ensure employees that they would be treated with dignity and respect. It would be uncomfortable, but that is what leadership requires. Anyone can lead in good times; it is the not so good times where leadership counts the most.
This leads to respect. There is no respect between the Constables and the Commissioners Court. Ryan Dennard, Judge Henry, or Ken Clark has ever worked in Law Enforcement. As a police Officer you swear an oath to keep the peace and enforce the law. Law Enforcement is not a selective process. It makes no difference whether you belong to a city, county, or state agency. Having never worked in Commercial Real Estate Law, held the position of a County Judge or a County Commissioner it would be disrespectful for me to tell them how to do their job. Commissioners Dennard and Clark owe every Deputy Constable a public apology. In fact Clark should further apologize for statements about the qualifications of Deputy Constables as compared to Sherriff Deputies. Every full time Deputy Constable has experience and training from other agencies. Clark is a career politician and protégé of Steve Stockman. No one is sure if Clark even graduated from high school. He has no right to question anyone’s credentials. .
Finally there is the matter of trust, and why it is so clearly missing. Trust is built on relationships, being honest, straightforward with no hidden agendas. Simply stated its meaning what you say, and saying what you mean.
I have viewed a number of Commissioner’s Court sessions via Web; they are to be commended for having open meetings and transparency. However, I am disturbed by what I see. The least experience Commissioner-Dennard does most of the talking with the most experience Commissioner-Clark saying very little. Judge Henry appears detached and disinterested. Commissioner Obrien is a lame duck, and Commissioner Holmes is a Democrat. Who is really calling the shots? My wild guess is Clark.

Judge Henry should rely on, and trust Constable Fisher. Fisher would never request anything he didn’t absolutely need. He is the kind of individual who will squeeze a nickel until the Indian is riding the Buffalo. Also there is Constable Sharp, who has turned around the most dysfunctional Constable’s Office in Galveston County into a smooth running organization. If I were Judge Henry these men would be my trusted allies, not Dennard, and Clark. An old football coach once said I will run you until your ears open up. Judge Henry continues to run; maybe he has a hearing problem. He certainly has a listening problem
Hopefully the citizens of Galveston County will elect Bill Young, and Robert Hutchins, this with the addition of Joe Guisti as part of Commissioner’s court will bring some needed changes. I would like to suggest the following:
First employees should be in a common Human Resources system and performance evaluations conducted yearly.
Second, develop metrics to measure the effectiveness, productivity, and performance of the JPs. They should be involved in this development. For instance, using the number of Small Claims alone does not represent the workload. A case can be heard 6 times on appeal. To count it once understates the effort required. Secondly, JPs Issue warrants, hear criminal cases (e.g., traffic, PI, DOC, school attendance, occupational licenses, etc.,) they also sign various warrants, and magistrate defendants. These should be counted as well. A good JP would not be afraid to be measured and this would help justify their staffing requirements.
Third, develop metrics for the Constables. For instance, three attempts sometimes more, are made to serve a civil paper. Yet the service is counted only once. Here again it is understating the effort. Deputies serve papers from other courts and other states, these too should be counted. Then there is the continuing issue of rolling Attorney General (AG) revenue into a general account held by the Sherriff. That’s fine as long as a sub account is set-up to separate each Constables effort. Constables Fisher and Sharp also execute criminal warrants, make arrests, and support other agencies as needed. These efforts must also be captured. A good Constable would not be afraid to be measured and this would help support their staffing requirements as well. Finally every revenue stream coming into a JP court should be counted. No matter the source.
Fourth, all Constable Efforts must go into the Records Management System (RMS). Therefore when data is needed to support a request it can easily be pulled and removes the emotional element. The numbers speak for themselves and these records should be considered as government documents.
Deputy Constables as well as all employees of Galveston County deserve better pay and promotion opportunities. We treat our Deputy Constables as second class citizens. They should be on an even par with Sherriff Deputies. Anyone who thinks it is without risk to serve someone a protective order, a writ of attachment to take a child, an eviction notice, or to seize someone’s processions should do a ride along with a Deputy. See what it is like to be confronted by an irate citizen or a huge dog. How about it Judge Henry, Ryan Dennard, and Ken Clark want to give it a go?
Finally, when Federal Judge Gregg Costa completes his review of the redrawn precincts I wonder if he will notice the lower left edge of precinct 4 and how it includes at the very boundary Commissioner Clark’s home. Of course we know the map was drawn without any due influence of the county commissioners. I wonder what the map makers would say under oath.
I said much and hope that those reading this will gain some insight. I fully support Bill Young as County Judge to replace Mark Henry, as well as Robert Hutchins, a democrat to replace Ken Clark. As a lifelong republican this is not easy but the right thing to do. I look forward to Joe Guisti joining Commissioners Court. At least he brings some Law Enforcement to the table. Joe experienced up close and personal the true character of some of the sitting county commissioners. I wish him all the luck and to watch his back. I have less concern about Dennard he will not be reelected when his term is over. It’s hard to campaign with your foot in your mouth.
Posted by LE at 8/12/2014 7:10:08 PM

I had to search the archives for the article. Seems like it generated a lot of interest and gave the citizens much needed information. Is it going to come back?
Posted by topcat at 8/14/2014 11:22:48 AM

Glad to see this again. Sounds like there may be some progress toward the reduction in Constables and JPs for Galveston County. There is a proposed plan while not satisfying everyone's wishes it does seem to be a good start. Perhaps if as suggested in the comments there was more communications, respect trust, etc., a lot could have been accomplished without the animosity.
Posted by topcat at 8/15/2014 11:08:33 AM

Judge Henry and Commissioners Court should roll out the proposed plan and get comments, maybe even listen. What is the plan for the JPs, their staff, and the Constables and their staff as we move from 9 JPs and 8 Constables to 4 JPs and 4 Constables. What is the phase in plan? It won't occur in a giant step Oct 1 2014. Its not calculus or rocket science. A few simple diagrams. Show it by years 2014, and 2015. Be straight with the taxpayers, and employees. Leaking pieces of it and letting people speculate erodes the integrity of Commissioners Court and doesn't inspire confidence that Judge Henry and his Commissioners have their act together. You can't make everyone happy but you can show leadership. If you would have been more open and forthcoming in the beginning and asked for input it would have gone a long way towards understanding the reason for the changes. And please don't insult our intelligence by telling us its to save $$ We all know you will find a way to spend any imagined savings.
Posted by topcat at 8/16/2014 12:32:10 PM

Actually, I have to correct one thing. This proposal was exactly that, a proposal. It means that the community has a voice and that is what is needed at this time.

I'm no Mark Henry fan but I am also not a reactionary type person.

If you want to ensure that the proposal is reworked. Attend the County Commissioner's meeting and offer a solution.
Posted by TxPatriot at 8/17/2014 9:49:44 AM

I am sick and tired of hearing that Pct 7 Constables Office was cleaned up. I don't care what you think personally of me but my office did its job very well. Check the records. Collections of Warrants and Writs millions where collected. Service of process excellent. Working with the Sheriffs office on game rooms and other projects. Any of this can be checked but why take the time to do that its just easier to trash me. 21 years with Galveston County. Perhaps LE when you choose to judge Constables offices for dysfunction you need to dig a little farther in other pct offices whose illegal activity is rampant. But you won't. Though I respect Fisher even he has had issues dealing with extra jobs. Commissioners and Judge Henry wanted to cut Constables from the get go. The Constables however choose not to listen and here they sit….I offered up a plan compromise before the cuts were made by self eliminating based on budget and tenor and chastised for it,,,, Are Constables office important? Yes. They have the ability, on top of their statutory duties, to see the true needs of a community. Should cuts be made? Yes. Constables are needed more in some areas then others. Let the nasty remarks begin

Posted by Pam Matranga at 8/17/2014 10:46:59 AM

Pam you always speak your mind and that a good thing. If people want to sling mud let them at lease they know your opinion and not afraid to say it.
Posted by sparky at 8/17/2014 1:01:47 PM

It is to be expected that going from 9 JPs and 8 Constables to 4 JPs and 4 Constables would come at some sort of reduction. In the real world when companies consolidate supervisors and managers lose their jobs. In this case its the some of the Constables, and JPs. One question is how many Full Time Deputies are currently budgeted? Assuming they are all kept how should they be deployed? Judge Henry, and his Commissioners have no idea. They have no metrics, have no idea of the workload, and very little insight in the revenue streams flowing from the JPs and Constables. The data is available but perhaps no one wants to know because it would reveal how the allocation of resources has no factual basis for decision making. Secondly, although we have a county wide system - RMS that should be utilized by every Constable it is not. Galveston County is stuck somewhere in the 60s or 70s. So the issue of how many deputies and where turns on emotions and not facts.
Posted by LE at 8/17/2014 4:38:41 PM

Lets cut the budget . That sounds good> WHAT give the J.P. a raise to 90 thousand dollars plus benefits for working two to three hours a week. That's about 12 hours a month. Lets see that's around $ 625.00 dollars an hour, even if they work twice as much it would be $ 312.50 an hour. You do the math. GIVE US TAX PAYERS A BREAK COMMISSIONERS . NOW lets cut your Law Enforcement. You FOOLS
Posted by Someone new at 8/17/2014 5:41:05 PM

Where might someone read the CC proposal for JP and Constable precinct reduction?
Posted by John Richardson at 8/17/2014 9:18:56 PM

Okay im not complaining getting rid of Henry,Clark and Denard is fine with me. One thing why all the fuss now? The plan to cut the Constables was being worked and it affected the Democrats (who are in a court case now) only......but now it includes others so now we rally to save all. Again the Constables are an important function to the community but why wasn't everyone trying to help the others?
For those of us not in law enforcement what is RMS? And who runs it?
I pray that Mr. Fisher and his staff make it through...politics wow :(
Posted by What you Say at 8/17/2014 9:20:16 PM

RMS is the Records Management System(RMS)a county wide application that can be used to gather data supplied by the JPS and Constables. Not all use it probably because of what it might reveal. As far as I know only Fisher, and Sharp use it. It should be used county wide so when data is needed to support staffing, equipment, etc., To be fair everyone should use it to at least establish a baseline and then develop metrics. As to where you can see a copy of the proposal both Commissioner Clark, and Judge Henry who have offices in the Galveston County Annex at 174 Calder Road in League City. They should be glad to share the plan with any interested citizen. After all they are strong supporters of transparency??????
Posted by LE at 8/18/2014 11:43:38 AM

Page 992 of the Galveston County FY14 adopted budget shows salaries for the following:

County Judge: $157,200 (FY13 $148,620) plus $12,000 annual car allowance. The County Judge also receives an additional $15,000 supplement from the state for judicial functions.

County Commissioner: $96,906 (FY13 $94,981) plus $12,000 annual car allowance.

Constable: $57,549 (FY13 $56,206) plus $12,000 annual car allowance.

Justice of the Peace

Precinct 1:$52,067 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 2:$52,067 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 3:$52,067 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 4:$63,183 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 5:$57,671 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 6:$52,067 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 7:$66,223 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 8-1:$66,223 (FY13 $62,451)
Precinct 8-2:$ 52,067 (FY13 $62,451)

Posted by John Richardson at 8/18/2014 3:34:55 PM know the begining when the SO wanted the RMS program they included the Constables as a way to get from Commissioners Court. I was at the meetings for this and even with the "sales" meeting with the provider and we were all on board for it....however when installed and I went to training we were told we would not have access to most of the program....we had view only....the part that would allow us to enter the civil process for office use was not allowed to be used. Which made no sense as that was a selling point. We had to come up with our own tracking. Most Constables offices have view only to certain before you preach something you only know the a little about. Mr Sharp only added the ability to enter his civil process because he didnt know how to do a tracking system...its good they have opened access to more of the program. Pct7 has always had RMS as well as the Judges recap we were only given view only....I was at the meetings...
Posted by pam matranga at 8/18/2014 7:15:23 PM

Still no formal proposal from Judge Henry and the County Commissioners. Rumors and leaks but nothing official. Their strategy is to release trial balloons and see what kind of response it brings in hopes of saving their political careers. Meanwhile the real plan is being worked in the backrooms as is the usual way in Galveston County. I wonder if any of the citizens stopped by to chat with Henry, and Clark? It appears that the only real winners in this comedy of errors are the JPS who will now divide #360,000 among the 4 of them, in effect a $30,000 a year raise. Not bad for part time work.
Posted by LE at 8/19/2014 7:57:04 AM

LE.. You are so on point.

You can't manage what you don't measure.

Posted by Bill Young at 8/19/2014 11:16:06 AM

This is the most interest in a topic I have ever seen on the Police News. Constable Fisher should be commented for standing up. He took considerable risk and will now have to watch his back when he is up for
re-election. Judge Henry, and Commissioners Dennard, and Clark will do their best whether in office or out to get even. That's how they operate. Joe Guisti could attest to that.
Posted by GUP at 8/19/2014 11:23:24 AM

Comparing apples to oranges I know, but each precinct in Harris County has two JPs and one constable that handle a population of between approximately 100,000 to 500,000 people.

As of 2012, Galveston County had a population of approximately 300,500. Does it need 9 JPs and 8 constables or will 4 JPs that have managed (mandatory) case loads and 4 constable departments adequately staffed, work?
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 8/19/2014 1:09:38 PM

What the county needs is for all of our elected officials to be professional and accountable. You can argue the numbers but without any factual data in terms of productivity, and performance how do you know. The data is available but it may be too revealing when you begin to compare the JPS, and Constables.
Posted by LE at 8/20/2014 11:16:49 AM

Still a lot of interest can it be moved from the archives. The backroom deals are being made what the Commissioners Court discusses in the public forum is not was is being leaked. Makes for interesting reading as these not for prime time players continue to stumble, better than any TV Sit Com
Posted by LE at 8/20/2014 4:39:38 PM

Well there isn't too much more to add until King Henry and his Court Jesters really put forth a plan and tell the county how many deputies will lose their job to save budget. Also they can share with us why they are getting a raise in the new 2015 budget I know its tough to live on a six figure salary plus a car, plus continuing to run your own business, plus whatever you can get in kickbacks. But that's how we do business in Galveston County, the taxpayers expect nothing less than to be screwed by their elected county clowns. Thanks to the county commissioners for meeting my expectations.
Posted by LE1 at 8/23/2014 5:33:04 PM

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