Justice of the Peace Michael Roach not seeking re-election

Stephens County Justice of the Peace Michael Roach announced he will not seek re-election once his term ends, but will serve out the remainder of his term.

In a letter sent to the Breckenridge American at 2:57 p.m. Thursday, Roach highlighted some of his career accomplishments before announcing he would not seek re-election.

Roach stated in his letter:

Serving as your elected Justice of the Peace has truly been an honor and a privilege. Working for you and through your unwavering support, many great things have been accomplished in this office.

• I have upgraded the technology of our court allowing citizens to conduct routine business without having to appear in person.

• My office has enthusiastically co-sponsored Teen Court allowing students that made some unfortunate decisions to leave high school with a clean record and hopefully better decision-making skills and tools. 

• I have endeavored to uphold the rule of law and be fair and impartial in all court proceedings. The Court’s affairs have been managed in a way that is consistent with the laws of the State and in the best interest of taxpayers. Twice during my three years on the bench, I have been inducted, as a Distinguished Member, into the Justice Court Judges Association’s College of Justice Court Judges. This honor is given to a select number of Judges in the state of Texas who acquire thirty (30) hours or more above their mandatory educational requirements.

• I earned a Certification from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in Death Scene Investigations which has proven invaluable at times when our community needed it the most. I have striven to be both professional and compassionate during some of our fellow citizens’ darkest and most tragic days.

• Lastly, I am quite proud that I have been able to fulfill the promises I made to you during my campaign for this office which included conducting court business with professionalism, compassion, and honesty. I am grateful for not only the amazing support of the citizens of our county but also for the support that I have received from the incredible men and women in law enforcement and other elected officials. After many prayers and family discussions, I have decided not to seek re-election for the Office of Justice of the Peace, but I will diligently and professionally serve out the remainder of my current term. I am, however, continuing to engage in frequent prayers and discussions regarding another way that I may be able to serve the citizens of Stephens County at the conclusion of my tenure. Thank you so very much for your faith in me. It has been a true honor to serve you! The future of Stephens County is bright and full of possibilities.

God bless you all. Kindest Regards, Michael C. Roach

The Breckenridge American


114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (254) 559-3491