Constables asked to closely monitor budgets

After a constable who took office in January approached the Commissioners Court a second time for more gas money, County Judge Darrell Cockerham and Precinct 4 Commissioner Steve Berry cautioned that expenses need to be curtailed. Cockerham, in particular, seemed concerned about the request by Precinct 1 Constable Joe Lee, although Precinct 2 Commissioner Dick Roan indicated to Lee that the comments were not directed specifically to him. Cockerham said he hears reports of some constables patroling and issuing citations, not just serving civil papers. “We have deputies to do that,” he said. Berry noted that additional gas money is always an issue as the fiscal budget years winds down.