Cameron County Eliminates Two Constable Positions
POSTED: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:59pm
There are seven right now but come 2013, there will only be five constables in Cameron County. This comes after Cameron County Judge, Carlos Cascos, and two commissioners approved consolidating four of the posts at their last county meeting.
"My position has always been that we have too many constables, too many justices of the peace. We’ve got more JP's and constables, prior to this move, than on per capita basis, than any other county on the border or even in Texas."
Without the two constables, Judge Cascos says the county will save about $300,000 a year. Saving every penny is essential to avoid raising taxes and affecting county residents.
"This move is to consolidate services. We’re not going to be reducing any deputies. Nobody on patrol is going to be eliminated."
The commissioners court decided to merge the Constable pct. 4 post in Rio Hondo with the constable pct. 3 post in San Benito and the constable pct. 7 post in La Feria with the constable pct. 5 in Harlingen.
"The court's not going to do anything that's going to jeopardize or hinder law enforcement. In essence, if you really want to look at it, it's eliminating two elected officials’ positions and that's it, everything else stays the same."
This consolidation still needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. If approved, the current constables in pct. 4 and 7 will finish out their terms that expire December 31, 2012.