Everyone on this news site is talking about the Patterson, Rader and Cox, match up for Sheriff in the April 3rd, Republican Primary and I will admit we need a Drastic Change in leadership at the Department in November/2012. As usual no candidates from the Dayton Area, in that race, but Dayton area have an important race of its own, for Constable Pct 4. The Incumbent Pafford, in 2008, swept Charles Martin out of the job, because of the Obama Vote. Republican or Democrat, never heard a negative word about Constable Martin, and for several years he had no Deputy to help carry of the largest money generating Pct. by the JP and Constable, for Liberty County. For four (4) years, we have had a Constable, that used the Constable Pct 4, as an extra job and relied on his Deputy as the Office Manager and Bailiff for Judge Graves.
Constable Pafford is allowing reserve officers, under him to patrol, Hwy 59, not being in a coalition and then sending Press Releases of arrests, one end of Dec/11 and one in first week of January. The Press Releases have been sent to Cleveland Advocate and i-dineout and maybe this site. Why is my taxes going to Patrol as a rogue cop, in a area, 25+ miles out of jurisdiction, when TDPS, Cleveland PD, Constable Pct 6 and Sheriff's Department, has jurisdiction of that Hwy, not Pct 4 from Dayton Area.
Judge Graves spends a lot of time on the bench, with the heavy case load. No cases are decided in his office as done in the past years. Constable Pafford has worked around Liberty County, but anyone that knows former Constable Jimmy Belt, what kind of officer he was and how his employment ended under Jimmy Belt.
Early voting in 2008 was a ~1,000 votes ahead for Republican candidates in the General Election. I was rumored that the new constable may have to be replaced within 6 months, due to his past record in Liberty County. He had his job and a full-time Deputy and flew under the Radar, for 3 years, but 75% of sure voters know nothing about the Constable of Pct 4. This Primary Election, he has two opponents, one has law enforcement experience, but does not seem to be campaigning. The other candidate, who is in his a current Officer and who was educated in the DISD, has worked in Liberty County for 25 straight years (Kenefick as Chief, Sheriff’s Department & Dayton) with no disciplinary on his record and has worked the last 10+ years, for Dayton and has a Master Peace Officer’s License from the State of Texas. “Robby Thornton“, if elected, will terminate employment as a Corporal for Dayton and will be your Full-Time Constable in Pct 4. It is time that we quit paying our Constables to use the position at a part-time job, taking his Deputy off the street, serving papers, assisting other Agencies and working traffic, You have the Final say in a couple of months on April 3rd, in the Republican Primary. The choice should be clear, if you know “Robby” Thornton.
(Scared of Reprisals by Pafford)