Denton County is a step closer to having a new Precinct 1 constable.
The county’s Republican precinct chairmen voted Monday night to recommend Lewisville police officer Jesse Flores as the replacement for Jim Dotson, who died in December.
County commissioners will consider the recommendation at an upcoming meeting. Even with the recommendation, the final say lies with commissioners.
“It’s definitely an honor and privilege to get the recommendation from the Republican Party,” Flores said. “It’s something I take dear to my heart, and I am looking forward to working with the chairs, [and] the citizens of Denton County, as well.”
County Democrats chose not to make a recommendation for the position.
“I spoke to a number of different people who might be qualified, and they chose not to be included,” said Phyllis Wolper, Denton County Democratic Party chairwoman.
Flores, an officer of 21 years, is in the special operations division and serves as a neighborhood resource officer. Flores said he coordinates with all the crime watch groups in his district and tries to find innovative ways to reduce crime and works closely with residents, schools and businesses.
If he receives a nod from commissioners, Flores would serve until the next general election in 2014. And if he won, he would serve in 2015 and 2016 and be back in sync with the other constables and have to run again in March of 2016 for a four-year term.
“I believe the county commissioners are going to be satisfied with the recommendation; I don’t want to sound arrogant, but confident,” Flores said.
County Judge Mary Horn said the constable item could be on the agenda as soon as Tuesday.
“We would appoint and then what happens is whomever gets appointed would have to go through the process to be bonded and fill out some paperwork and the actual swearing in will take place when the paperwork is done,” Horn said.
She said that she is inclined to go with the Republican party’s nomination.
“I think a lot of people are prone to do that — myself included. By law, we don’t have to, so we will see,” Horn said. “It is what it’s defined as — a recommendation.”
Dianne Edmondson, chairwoman of the Denton County Republican Party, said Monday’s meeting and the nomination process was good.
She said Flores was one of four nominees party leaders were considering. The others were Precinct 1 deputy constables Johnny Hammons and Leland Kruger, and Denton County sheriff’s Deputy John Goble.
“It was structured in such a way where each of the candidates was given time to speak to the assembly. They had the opportunity to ask them questions, there were closing statements, discussion and then we had our vote,” Edmondson said. “We’re all very pleased and supportive of [Flores] and we’re hopeful and confident the county commissioners will appoint him to the position.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.