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February 16, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Jerry Hataway


Understanding the role of each person working in the office, their responsibilities, and what is important to them, will be key to my success.

My second priority will be to establish my short-terms goals for the first four to six months serving in this office. These goals will include an overall department audit, inventory, and efficiency study. I’ll establish a positive working relationship with the internal professional staff and with all external leaders and will adjust my leadership style to ensure these relationships remain positive.

My long-term goal will be to establish an education element and to reach out to the community. The education process will include a mission and vision for best methods to inform the public and young adults of the overall process of our court system. Once a core curriculum has been developed, the information will be presented in classrooms and community meetings throughout the county.

Within the first year, we will start reaching out to the community by gathering information through subcommittees that will help the Court address problems and prepare to move into the future. These committees will outline future goals of the Court such as improving customer service, ensuring the overall quality of Justice being provided, and improving the infrastructure of the court.

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

I believe that the Texas Justice of the Peace Court is where justice starts and it was established to serve the people through efficient and accessible administration. As part of my strategic planning, I will develop the highest level of services to the public by being accountable, assessable, and responsible.

Improving the efficiency of any public organization includes: ensuring new technology is being used, having a customer service-oriented approach, and providing the highest level of accountability for public resources. When appointed to this position, I will ensure my court has the ability to reach sound decisions through the best available access to factual and legal information. I will insist that court procedures and structure best facilitate the speedy and cost-effective resolution of all cases. Our customer service approach will include: examining issues such as time required to process cases, providing more public information about court procedures, and increasing uniformity in procedures.

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