New reserve constable appointed to Precinct 3

News Reporter

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a new reserve deputy constable position April 14 for Precinct 3.

A motion was passed by Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4, and seconded by Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3. All the other commissioners voted for approving the new reserve deputy constable for Precinct 3 and the appointment of Blair McCall to the position.

Deputy Constable Ray Helm, Precinct 3, said McCall contacted officials to ask about job openings.

“We didn't even have any openings, but he wanted to apply and see if he could get on,” Helm said. “We ran about six weeks of background (checks), and he qualified for everything.”

Reserve deputy constables work 24 hours a month and on the holiday weekends, Helm said. They volunteer their time and carry police officer commission but are not paid.

The reserve deputy constables have the same duties and responsibilities as other police officers, McCall said.

McCall had four years of law enforcement experience before becoming a reserve deputy constable. He spent one year working as a police officer for the Lubbock County water district and three as a Mustang Ridge Police Department officer.

The precinct must receive approval from the commissioners court before hiring anyone, Helm said. Precinct 3 includes Wimberley, Driftwood and areas up to the Blanco and Comal County lines.

Helm said Precinct 3 currently has six reserve officers, three full-time deputies and a constable.

“Wimberley does not have a police department,” Helm said. “We have to rely on our reserves quite a bit.”

Helm said McCall will have to go through civil process training and learn about traffic enforcement, jail procedures, policy and procedure and become familiar with City of Woodcreek ordinances.

Another requirement of reserve deputy constables is the completion of 96 hours of supervised work in the office, McCall said.

“Constables have more duties and jurisdiction than regular street cops,” McCall said. “I would like to have (the training) done in the next month or two.”

McCall said working as a reserve deputy constable would be a “better way” to learn about the history and culture of Wimberley.

“I always loved the Wimberley area,” McCall said. “I thought it was really pretty and a really cool place to go.”

McCall said he works as a “petroleum land man.” He goes to properties and determines who owns what percentage of land when oil and gas company representatives want to drill.

“For me, it's the best of both worlds,” McCall said. “It’s more of something that (I) want to do than something that (I) have to do.”

Rapid growth in the area has caused the department to hire more deputy reserve constables, Helm said.

“We started with two (deputy reserve constables) and the growth just started to blow up,” Helm said. “With (Hays County) being the fifth largest county in the United States right now, it could see us hiring more or turning them into full time deputies.”

Precinct 3 does not have any current paid job openings, McCall said. In the future, if a spot opens, McCall said it “might be something (he would be) interested in.”

“It is a much better work environment and better people,” McCall said. “It’s probably the coolest group of guys that I have ever hung out with or worked with.”

Constable Darrell Ayres, Precinct 3, said McCall brings experience and willingness to help in specific areas with which the constable’s office will need assistance.

“We look forward to him working with us for a long, long time,” Ayres said.