1) Top three platform issues?
The Justice of the Peace court is defined as the jurisdiction closest to the people. My life’s work as an investigator has defined me as an advocate of the people. My objective is to serve and help people.
The Justice of the Peace court requires knowledge of the law, integrity and impartial judgment. With 30 years experience in the justice system and conservative values, I bring strength and fairness to the position.
The Justice of the Peace court has the capability of better handling of truancy cases, which are now handled by the City Magistrates. I will commence discussion with the school districts within Precinct 4 regarding bringing the truancy cases into the Justice Court. I have a proven plan to resolve these cases with better results.
2) Why are you seeking this position?
I am the best person for this position because of my wide experience with legal cases. My scope of practice mirrors the variety of cases seen in the Justice Court.
The foundation of my investigation agency’s long-time success is my personal integrity and work ethic. Irregular work hours are not uncommon in my line of work.
The people of my community have elected me to serve them; first, as City Councilman, then secondly, as their Mayor. I have a proven track record of positive public service to the people of Ellis County. My hard work has produced needed results again and again.
I am dedicated to respect the individual’s rights and liberties, and will promote fairness for all who appear in my court. I am committed to the traditional conservative values that founded our nation and state. I will represent the Justice of the Peace Court in Precinct 4 with compassion, fairness and equality.
3) What are your goals for the first 3 months in office you would like to see accomplished?
During the first ninety days of office I will evaluate all current procedures and practices of the court. At that time I will make necessary changes to effectuate the efficiency of the court.
An additional goal for my Justice court is to take over the truancy cases that are now being heard by the City Magistrate. There is a successful plan now utilized by Justice Jackie Miller (brought to him by Mr. Roy Orr and a group of concerned individuals) which offers an alternative resolution with counseling rather than fines and jail. I have consulted with Mr. Orr and Judge Miller regarding implementation of this plan in Precinct 4 to turn the tide of truancy within Ellis County.
4) Tell the readers a little about yourself.
State Licensed Private Investigator since 1981
Twice-Elected Municipal Official - City Councilman (2008-2009), Mayor (2009-present)
Certified by the Texas Supreme Court for Service of Court Documents
Prior experience: 30 years of practice in all courts, including Justice of the Peace, Civil, Domestic, Criminal and Federal courts.
Entities such as judges, attorneys, courts and individuals, in addition to federal, state and county agencies, rely on my expertise to:
Interview clients, victims, witnesses
Provide them with true and accurate facts
Recreate and revisit scenes related to cases
Assist the legal team
Testify in court
Evoke legal strategies
Document the facts of the case
Gather outside intelligence
Perform background searches
Family: Martha and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage this month. She is the office manager for F. Thomas Dean, M. D. We have three children: Christina, Kate and Timothy. I am grandfather to three grandsons and one granddaughter. Christina is married to Mike, who is currently serving in the US Air Force at Ramstein Air Force Base. They live in Landstuhl, Germany with our two grandsons, age 6 and 4, and granddaughter, age 10 months. Kate is a Deputy Clerk for the Ellis County District Court Clerk’s office of Melanie Reed. She is mother to our two grandsons, age 10 and 4. Our son Timothy has safely returned from Iraq with the First Cavalry Division, US Army. He recently married his long-time girlfriend, Cindy, and is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
I enjoy hunting, fishing and golfing.
5) Any additional comments?
I will operate the justice of the peace office as a FULL-TIME position. My investigation company has required twenty-four hour call seven days a week, much more than the JP office requires. When elected, I will close my investigation agency to devote as many hours as needed to fulfill the duties of the Justice of the Peace. I have met with the current Justices and have assured them of my intent to be a team player with my full support.
Thank you for your consideration.
Please vote March 2nd for Bill Vansyckle.
(Early voting begins February 16th through February 26th.)