Jason Rushing going forward with second-consecutive term as constable
Constable for Precincts 1 and 3, Jason Rushing, will be running unopposed in this year’s primary election.
This will be his second straight term as constable and Rushing is appreciative of the vote of confidence from the public.
“It’s an honor to serve Gray County and it’s humbling to not have an opponent,” Rushing said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something right with my job.”
The constables main role is to serve as bailiff for the justice of the peace court and to serve all civil processes for that court.
“We serve evictions, civil citations, writs, subpoenas, summons, etc.,” Rushing said. “We are called upon by lawyers and different courts sometimes to serve subpoenas and summons for them as well.”
Constables have all of the duties of a Texas Peace Officer and can arrest and run traffic if they choose to do so.
Rushing is the safety coordinator at B&G Electric and said his employer is flexible with him on the schedule a constable’s duty may require.
“If I need to go to court I can leave B&G and go and do that, but my normal shift as constable is in the evenings,” Rushing said. “I volunteer as crossing guard for Travis Elementary every Thursday.”
One of the free services Rushing himself offers is, when available, he will assist citizens in unlocking their vehicles if the keys are locked inside.
“Especially vehicles with children locked in,” Rushing said. “In my four years I’ve probably unlocked 300 vehicles.
Rushing works hand-in-hand with Gray County Sheriff’s Office and Pampa Police Department.
“I’ll work as backup in calls and take calls if they’re busy throughout the County,” Rushing said. “I have a great working relationship with both GCSO and PPD and I do assist them when needed.”
Rushing said one of the more challenging aspects of his work is having to remove families from their homes.
“The writ of possessions is the worst when you have to physically move people from their properties,” Rushing said. “Then you know they are out of their house at that point. There’s nothing you can do about it except enforce what the writ says. On average, I have 100 evictions a year.”
Rushing loves being a public servant to the community, enjoys the crossing guard work and setting up the flares on 23rd Street.
“I love helping people and I love the whole aspect of the job of law enforcement,” Rushing said. “You can go from serving a civil citation to arresting a felon in a matter of seconds. Every day is a different day and there is nothing the same. I look forward to many more years of service and appreciate being able to serve Precincts 1 and 3.”
Rushing and constable for Precincts 2 and 4, Joe Montgomery, both acquired COPsync and have moved up in technology to match GCSO and PPD.
For more information ,call GCSO and ask for Jason Rushing for more information.
Early voting will be at Gray County Courthouse Feb. 18-28 in room 200. Election Day is March 3