Editor’s Note: Questions were sent to Karolee Oates and James Moore, who are running against each other for Constable in Precinct 1.

Moore has been unavailable for comment and his responses will run as soon as he is able to answer them.

Oates responses are as follows:

1. What role does the constable play in the community?

The Constable should have a positive presence in the community and always demonstrate an overall commitment to those served - the citizens of Somervell County. A Constable should provide the feeling of security in every neighborhood and bring this positive law enforcement presence with dedication to each and every person.

2. What qualifications do you have?

I have been working at the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years. I started in 1991 as a dispatcher. The corrections officers were all male; if a female was arrested they had the female dispatcher assist, so I was sent to the jail academy and became a licensed corrections officer.

In the mid to late 1990s 911 emergency services came to Somervell County. I was promoted to 911 coordinator. I worked on the development and implementation of the 911-addressing program.

In 2001 I went to the police academy and became a licensed peace officer. I took the position of jail administrator in late 2001. As jail administrator, I had to coordinate the move from the small jail (current chamber of commerce office) to the modern Law Enforcement Center we have today. I was responsible for the supervision of 11 corrections officers and all inmates housed in the Somervell County Jail, which could be as high at 48 inmates. I managed budget responsibilities, regulations of the Texas Department of State Health Services, inmate medical responsibilities, inmate transport, the emergency fire plan and training on equipment for employees: all aspects required by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Additionally I wrote policy and procedures to ensure compliance within the corrections facility. Since meals are prepared for the inmates, I was responsible for the food menu that followed nutritional guidelines.

I currently hold an Intermediate Texas Peace Officers Certificate, an Advanced Corrections Officer Certificate, and an Advanced Telecommunication Certificate. I have 1640 hours of training as recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Additionally, I have received professional training from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

February 2008 I left the position of jail administrator and became a patrol deputy and currently occupy that position. This was a voluntary decision on my part to be in a better position to directly serve the citizens of Somervell County and the City of Glen Rose.

3. Why do you want to the constable?

I want to be constable in precinct 1 because I see unlimited potential for the position to grow and become a vital part of Somervell County’s law enforcement needs. I believe that I not only have the qualifications for the job but also the desire and will always be accessible for the citizens.