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: Jerry L. Hataway
Occupation: retired police lieutenant.
Family: wife Susan Hataway; five children and seven grandchildren.
Educational background: bachelors in Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington; graduate of Bill Blackwood’s Law Enforcement Leadership Command College–Sam Houston University.
Professional affiliations or memberships: Parker County Republican Party; associate of Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford; licensed peace officer for the State of Texas; Institute for Law Enforcement Administration–Center for Law Enforcement Ethics.
Community involvement: current member of Parker County Cruisers. PCC is a family-oriented car club that enjoys going to car shows together, cruising and helping out those in need in our community. In 2013, PCC donated $9,000 to various charitable organizations in Parker County; 10 years experience as a volunteer fireman.
What will be your top three priorities if elected justice of the peace and what steps will you take to achieve those goals?
As an administrator, when opening a new office or starting a new job, it is very important to develop a strategic plan with both short and long term goals.
My first priority will be to ensure the office of justice of the peace continues to function during the transition to a new judge. I’ve seen many new administrators make hasty decisions that affect the overall internal politics, resulting in poor relationships and failure to meet their objectives. Prior to my appointment, I will take steps to understand my role and key responsibilities.