Lewisville Police Officer Jesse Flores has been selected by the Denton County Commissioners Court to serve as Constable in Precinct 1, which includes Lantana.
Flores, who will be the first Hispanic constable to serve in Denton County, was appointed to take over the term of office of Constable Jim Dotson, who passed away after having been re-elected last year.
One of several candidates seeking the constable post, Flores was recommended to commissioners by the Denton County Republican Precinct 1 chairmen, who met on April 22 to interview all candidates.
The chairmen voted to recommend Flores and the recommendation was sent to county commissioners by Denton County Republican Party Chairman Dianne Edmondson.
Constables have the same powers and responsibilities of any peace officer in the state. They may write tickets, make arrests, conduct investigations, and file criminal charges. They also have the additional responsibility of serving and executing Civil Court orders.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Flores has been a resident of Denton County for 10 years.
Flores was an unsuccessful candidate for Denton County Sheriff last year in the Republican primary and said that he is looking forward to conducting his constable campaign in the March 2014 Republican primary. His office also will be on the 2016 ballot to put it into the same cycle as other constables.
Flores has served as a Lewisville police officer since 1992. Assigned to the special operations unit as neighborhood resource officer/liaison for the past six years, his duties have included community policing, neighbor dispute resolutions, crime prevention inspections, crime watch meetings, and liaison officer for apartment properties and businesses.
Flores has a record of community involvement. He established the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 2184 Lewisville Police Department Explorer Program; developed the Campus Crew program for Lewisville High School, an honorary extracurricular student-led activity promoting the prevention of crime and violence in the school; and established several crime watch groups in his district.
“We are confident Mr. Flores will execute the duties of the office faithfully and serve the citizens of Precinct One with excellence as well as bring innovative ideas to the office,” said County Judge Mary Horn.