Weatherford Democrat

February 16, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Anne-Marie Hollis

Weatherford Democrat

— The WD recently sent questionnaires to the candidates in contested county races in the March 4 primary elections. The candidates were asked to provide background information and answers, in 300 words or less, to questions posed to them. Early voting begins Feb. 18. Today we look at the four Republican primary candidates for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3. There is no Democratic opponent.

Name: Anne-Marie Hollis

Age: 44

Occupation: Parker County Sheriff’s law enforcement officer.

Family: spouse John Hollis (18 years); four grown children – youngest son is in the Marines stationed in Afghanistan. We also raised two nieces and a nephew and have two grandchildren with one on the way.

Educational background: Weatherford middle school and high school; National Education Center–1992 Medical Assistant; Weatherford College–Police Academy Peace Officer License; law enforcement field training officer; certified law enforcement TCLEOSE instructor; Austin Texas Department of Public Safety Academy–Advanced Fingerprint Comparison; Tarrant County Sheriff’s Academy–homicide investigations, child abuse prevention and death investigation, financial/computer crimes investigations, juvenile investigations; Grand Prairie Police Academy–advanced crime scene investigations; Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations–crime scene reconstruction; Reids Interview & Technique–interview and interrogation; Florida  Department of Public Safety–computer crimes and forensics.

Professional affiliations or memberships: Texas Municipal Police Association; Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction; Homicide Investigators of Texas; East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.

Community involvement: past community involvement – Pythian Sisters; Wright Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president; Hall Junior High PTA vice president; Ninth Grade Center PTA Fundraiser Chair, Weatherford High School PTA Membership Chair, Weatherford Soccer Association Coach & Referee, Boy Scouts of America Volunteer, Theatre Off The Square Executive Board,  Crime Stoppers executive board; Freedom House executive board; Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Current community involvement – 22-year member of Greenwood Baptist Church; Rotary Club of Weatherford; Meals on Wheels; Busch Legacy Republican Woman; Noon Lions Club of Weatherford; Zonta Club of Weatherford; Parker County Republican Woman.

What will be your top three priorities if elected justice of the peace and what steps will you take to achieve those goals?

Our legal system needs to be based on the principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us. As a judge, I will apply the facts and law for the resolution of dispute. I will individually and collectively respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.

My goal is to make the whole judicial process work for all citizens, as well as for members of the law enforcement community. I possess a unique insight into the experiences of members of the business community, the law enforcement community, Juvenile system and issues that impact parents.

I will make myself available to law enforcement to sign warrants and look over affidavits and to the citizens who have questions. I am approachable and will listen to what you have to say.

How can court efficiency or other areas of court operations be improved and what are your plans to do so if elected?

I will take a look at how the traffic court process is done and if there is some way that I would be able to have traffic court at least three-to-four times a month so that the citizens do not have to waste their entire day waiting to discuss the citation(s) received. I like efficiency and organization, if the citizens have to take off work a full day to be in court then they are losing money.

Having been a small business owner, I have a unique insight into the challenges of owning and operating a small business. I am also business-orientated with management, supervising and budgeting skills. I understand how difficult it can be when you’re owed money and need it to make payroll or pay the electric, this is where I can help get cases into the court so the small business owner can see results faster.

I will implement the Parker County Teen Court program, which is designed to allow responsible teens to participate in all aspects of the judicial system. Teen Court is held throughout the school year on Tuesday evenings at JP Court Pct. 4, which I would like to become involved with so that our future leaders can see that adults do care about them.

Most people would rather just pay the fine and be done. I would like to have more community service involvement at the local charity organizations.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

I am a strong believer in God. He guides us and leads us to where he wants us to go, in his time. I’m a conservative Christian leader who inspires others to become more, do more, achieve more and I believe in equal opportunity for all to succeed after putting forth an effort. I am very detail-orientated and excel in organization with being complete and accurate. I will make a sincere attempt to help, not ignore, the homeless and the hard-pressed working class. I will treat everyone with fairness and equality.

JP-level court is usually the first court that most people come in contact with and it is important to make that a positive contact so that our citizens believe in our justice system. I won’t be a cruise ship that sits back and does nothing; I’m a battleship who will be involved and be a leader in the judicial system and to community. Egos will be checked at the door and I will have an open mind and be approachable. I will listen to what the citizens have to say. This is your court and you need to be heard. 

I am pro-gun and pro-life. I believe in being a friend, all the time, not just when it’s convenient. This is what leaders of community have to say:

“I can’t imagine anyone better qualified for this position than Anne Hollis. She offers the best law enforcement mixed with a healthy dose of compassion and strength.” Greenwood Baptist Church Pastor Brian Bond

“I have known Anne for a very long time. She will bring wisdom, experience, professionalism and compassion to the justice system. Her personal commitment of a model citizen, a mom and a Texas leader makes her the best choice.” Business Owner Bob Tallman