Monday, June 4, 2012

LIBERTY COUNTY VOTERS AND CONSTABLE RACES

Liberty County officials have talked about weighing in the role the county’s constables should play in enforcing the law locally. According to sources, there is even a possibility in the future of redistricting the six constable districts and reducing the number to four in order to save tax dollars. But what did voters say in the May 29th primary about constables?

The constable for the Liberty area, Tim Allison, won re-election easily. Those who watch politics observed with interest as voters were asked two questions. Liberty Dispatch did not post most of them, but every day at least one comment (sometimes six or seven) came in questioning Allison’s staunch allegiance to the Democratic Party as he ran in the Republican primary. But those over zealous to point this out would find out Election Day that the Liberty area had a historic percentage of Democrats and independents voting in the Republican primary. The other question about Allison was more directly related to how he does his job. That question was about Allison having another full time job, but was answered much the same way as he won his race easily against highly respected A.W. Boudain.

What appears to be the message from voters in the Liberty area about constables seems to be consistent with what voters decided in the Dayton area? The controversy surrounding incumbent Constable Chad Pafford was not about whether or not he was on the job or whether he was dedicated to his job. Instead most comments about Constable Pafford were about him spending too much time and too much of the county’s resources doing a job that was not the responsibility of the constable. Pafford was in a three man race and placed third behind Leroy Hanel and Robbie Thornton. Voters in both the Dayton and Liberty area seem to prefer a constable that is not seen or heard from too much.

The results from those two constable races are also consistent with the race for constable in Hardin. In the constable race in Hardin sources have indicated that Denise Frankum, the wife of Constable Danny Frankum, was everywhere campaigning for her husband’s re-election – even door-to-door in some areas. Most likely Frankum was concerned that voters would hear from supporters of his two challengers that he, like Tim Allison, had a full time job. Frankum may have also been concerned that both of his opponents have more training and are qualified and experienced in full time law enforcement work, while he is not. But Frankum finished first and is in a run off with Tommy Koen, Darrell Elliott finishing third. With some reports saying that Frankum is on duty as few as twelve hours a week in his role as constable, it again indicates voters may would rather not hear or see much from their constable.

Ultimately, county officials may have less opposition than some might expect if they decide to reduce the funding and consolidate the constables’ office to save tax payer money and balance the budget. No secretaries, no deputy constables, just one patrol car, and other cost saving measures besides the elimination of two constables would appear to be right in line with the message voters are sending by returning less active constables to office. Constables focused more on delivering warrants and other legal papers and being a watchman for the community with general patrol duty than traffic stops, etc.

Regardless of what happens with the constable offices, whether they are consolidated or not, Liberty County needs to make sure our constables are well trained for what can be a very dangerous job. When elections are a popularity contest sometimes voters place someone in the justice system that is ill prepared for what someday maybe on their plate.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

LD: oh, please...

Constable, SCHmonstable. It's just a little old scramble to see who gets their fingers in the gun range slush fund.

Of course, most of us would only want the job, to get access to the well stocked fishing hole, that just behind the berm. Truth is, it's not exactly a glamourous position- what with all the papers to serve and warrants to enforce (not to mention, it's lowlife clientele.) Then you get the constant expense of those uniform cleanings, eating out, and vehicle shinings. The only excitement is the thrill of the chase, when it gets to convert into speed trapping motorists.

Mundane, and boring paper pushing- if anybody's so droll, as to even APPLY for the job... well, I say: never look a gift horse in the mouth!

(somebody should have tried harder in school... they'd have better career options... these ain't exactly, the summa cum laudes- try: "lawdy how comes"?)!

Anonymous said...

Good point! If it is not going to be a full time job for the elected position then cut the pay commiserate with the time spent on the job and get rid of the sidekick's position.

Anonymous said...

Can you fill me in on the Cleveland area constable candidates. I'm so used to Royce but he's democrat. Who is this Josh Joslin republican? Is he a good guy?

Anonymous said...

Joslin? He's a Patterson crony, with a Patterson crony as his campaign manager. This position runs the gun range, the home turf of Patterson and Kelley's shenanigans (soon out of Leavenworth.) Both need jobs...
Get the picture?

Anonymous said...

Joslin`s wife is his campaign manager. and no he is not a Patterson crony Patterson got one of his Deputys to run for that spot and Joslin won big time. Good Luck Joslin we hope you win you got my vote

Anonymous said...

and LA ain't a Patterson crony?
yeah, RIGHT!

Anonymous said...

If LA means Larry Allen, he is not a Patterson crony either. He openly supported Bobby Rader, along with Sam Pierce.

Anonymous said...

Isnt it funny how all those Patterson cronies all the sudden claim they were supporting Rader all along, what a bunch of Bull &hit.

Anonymous said...

Run forest run...

Anonymous said...

Sois Joslin going to point his finger and look in the camera and say "I did not touch that man, Henry Patterson, and I need to get back to working for the people of Liberty county"

Anonymous said...

Next thing we will hear is Patterson himself saying he was for Bobby!

Anonymous said...

really, all of these people, who are regulars at Patterson's coffee and breakfasts? Yet, suddenly, none of them are Patterson cronies? (hot potato, hot potato,) lmao

Anonymous said...

Karma, live and learn. Joslin, we all know you're going to lose against Wheeler. Then LA will take his toys and go home, cause you'll be useless! Lol.

Anonymous said...

IF..... his wife's the campaign manager, then she's a mere backroom figurehead. LA's the one at his right hand at campaign events, and forums...handing out cards, and literature! (actions speak louder than words)

Anonymous said...

reading through all the denials from the Joslin camp (methinks he protesteth too much,) and the alarm just won't stop SCREAMING (on my bullsh*t detector)! note

Anonymous said...

oooo, struck a nerve! So, if these aren't Patterson cronies, then WHERE's their signed pledges: not to hire, contract, nor collude with Patterson, Kelley, Harry Williams, Rex Evans, Fuddy, Valdez, Outsiders, et al... if elected??? Similarly, where's the signed pledge to fully disclose the gun range slush fund, and properly hand it over to the LC treasurer, auditor, and commissioners court?

Anonymous said...

If you want to know all about Jim Joslin just google his name. Ignore the stuff about him sexually assaulting a woman in Chambers County and ignore the stuff about him getting fired from Cleveland PD for getting oral sex on duty and there you go. Hes a damn good guy!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Jim Joslin"? Is this a typo? There's no such name on the ballot.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard the old saying "Keep our friends close and your enemies closer".
Way to go J.J., L.A., S.P. R.A.and S.T. all of whom were fired by Patterson or his cronies.
I bet these guys swayed at least 1000 to 1500 votes. Add them to the 800 democrats that voted and the 800 votes that Cox got and give them to Patterson and he might have had a chance.
I for one will be happy to see J.C., R.E., S.G. and several others scratching their umemployed asses on January 1,2013.

Anonymous said...

watch them distance themselves, as candidates. Somebody's election year coattails went POOF!