What training or experience has prepared you to do this job? In what areas do you expect to need additional training or education?
An effective justice of the peace requires competence in the law, good judicial demeanor and temperament, communication skills, management and administrative abilities, moral integrity, civic involvement and a sense of humor.
As stated previously, I have 180 hours of Justice Court Training narrowly tailored to the duties and types of cases a JP handles: traffic offenses and Class C misdemeanors, criminal procedure, rules of (civil) practice in Justice Court, evictions, magistration, arrest and search warrants, bond conditions for DWI and family violence cases, tow hearings, personal property and animal seizures, mental health commitments, bond forfeitures, occupational licenses, administrative appeals, failure to attend school, OCA collection requirements, judicial ethics, and numerous other specialty areas.
In addition, I have a law degree, 29 years of experience in handling simple and complex litigation of all types, business and organizational skills acquired from being an owner of an established law firm, and experience in operating a 300 cow/calf operation for 16 years.
I also have extensive experience in volunteering for and leading local nonprofit groups without controversy.
If re-elected, I will continue to keep abreast of legislative changes and case law updates, will avail myself of relevant educational opportunities, and will continue to be actively involved in my community.