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