“Constables take on different roles in different communities,” said Humphries. “One role we will see them in is to take a load off the sheriff’s department by serving court papers. So far, they have served quite a few.”
At a recent meeting of the Fiscal Court, Whitten moved from District Two to district Six. He said that the county constables are a part of a State Constable Association and have the power to make arrests, if needed.
“Some communities allow constables to mount blue lights on their vehicles, but we do not. I believe they are allowed to carry firearms and have to be trained to do so,” said Humphries.
The judge said that constables do not collect a wage from the county, but collect fees for every process served. “I think they collect about $40 for each item served. We’d rather have the papers served than see people not going to court.”
With seven districts in the county, Humphries said that several areas do not have constables because nobody ran for the position. “If a district is open, a person can sign up to run for the position up until the deadline for filing for the election.”
The fiscal court appointed Whitten earlier in the year, and approved his transfer to another open district when he moved. He will have to run on the ballot as a full time constable at the next general election.
LEarn about Trigg County Constables in the latest Cadiz Record.