Weatherford Democrat

February 27, 2014

Hollis hoping to become next justice of the peace for Pct. 3

Weatherford Democrat

— Anne Hollis is seeking the office of Parker County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.

She is on the Republican primary ballot in a four-candidate race along with Jerry Hataway, Dustin Vinson and Greg Martin. There is no Democratic challenger.

“My motto is, ‘Leadership means service,’” Hollis said. “That means I don’t sit around waiting or hoping for something to happen. As a leader, I make amazing things happen. There are no excuses or blame, I will deliver solutions, results and go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Hollis said she has lived in Parker County for more than 33 years and has been a part of the community in many different ways, including involvement as a Pythian Sister, PTA president, a Weatherford Soccer Association coach and referee, Theatre Off The Square executive board member, and member of the executive boards for Crime Stoppers and Freedom House. She also claims membership in Rotary Club, Noon Lions Club, Republican Women, Bush Legacy Republican Woman and Zonta.

“Being a part of the community is important, it gives the citizens a chance to know me and for me to get to know them,” Hollis stated. “I am a strong believer that God put me on this Earth to help; he has blessed me with a wonderful husband, great kids and an awesome career so that I can give back to those in their time of need.”

Hollis is a 20-year veteran with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and with her husband, John, has been a longtime small business owner.

“We enjoy starting businesses, getting them going and eventually selling them, which gives other people the opportunity to own small businesses,” she said.

“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 and help get results faster. Because leadership means service. It is important for everyone to be treated equal, fair and with respect.

“Doing a good job is not enough, I am a leader that steps up, gets involved and takes initiative. 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 and issues that impact parents. I am approachable and will listen to what the citizens have to say.”

Hollis has been with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office since 1993, starting in the jail and learning the arraignment process. Since then, she said she has worked in many different roles including advanced crime scene investigator, advanced fingerprint comparator, family violence investigator, property crimes, juvenile investigator, fugitive unit, narcotics unit, civil processing, school resource officer, sheriff’s mounted patrol unit and her current position, patrol supervisor.

“Ninety percent of the Parker County schools are in Precinct No. 3, which means a higher number of truancy cases will be heard in this court,” Hollis stated. “I have experience working with juveniles in the schools as a school resource officer and as a juvenile investigator. I believe that juveniles should be held accountable for their own actions, and this is where the Teen Court could help. The teens are put in front of a jury of their own peers, instead of adults which makes their actions a learning process for everyone involved.”

Hollis said she has been involved in organizing and starting programs like the Parker County Child Support Program, which allows the non-paying parents a final chance to begin paying before criminal charges are filed.

“I was also on the Freedom House executive board and assisted with creating R.E.A.C.T., which is a volunteer group that is trained to go to scenes and council citizens in their time of crisis,” she said. “I have experience writing arrest warrants as well as affidavits for search warrants and know what to look for in them so that there is equality to everyone. I want to take a look at having more frequent court dates, so that your case can get in front of the court in an efficient and timely manner and so the citizens are not having to sit in a courtroom the entire day.”

Hollis also touts her experience with issues involving young people, their safety and their well-being.

“Besides my law enforcement background, my husband and I have four children together – one is currently serving as a Marine and is deployed in Afghanistan – plus we had custody of three additional kids and helped raised many nieces, nephews and cousins,” she said.

On what inspired Hollis to run for this particular office, she said, “I feel 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. The role of the judiciary is central to our concepts of justice and the rule of law. Intrinsic to all sections of this Code of Judicial Conduct are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.

“I know I can provide guidance to assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of judicial and personal conduct and will provide a service to the community as independent witness of statutory declarations, powers of attorney and affidavits.”