Thrasher tapped to replace Joe Lee as constable

July 12, 2014


Two years ago, Delton Thrasher lost his bid to become constable for Precinct 1.

But on Tuesday, he got the job anyway.

Thrasher was selected by the Commissioners Court to fill the vacancy left by Joe Lee.

Lee recently resigned as part of a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office to avoid a possible felony conviction for misuse of county funds.

At the regular meeting this week of the Commissioners Court, Republican Party chair Jean Cochran said that the party has nominated Thrasher to be on the Nov. 4 ballot for the Precinct 1 constable spot.

She asked commissioners to honor the party’s selection of Thrasher by appointing him to fill what remains of Lee’s term. Lee is a Republican.

County Judge Darrell Cocherham said he had extended an invitation to the Democratic Party of Hood County to submit the name of a candidate to fill the unexpired term, but did not hear back.

Court members discussed the matter briefly in closed session. When the public meeting was reconvened, they voted unanimously to tap Thrasher for the job.

At the time he ran for office in early 2012, Thrasher said he had 23 years of law enforcement experience – 22 of which was spent in a Tarrant County constable’s office. He said he started as a field deputy and became chief deputy.

Thrasher also teaches civil process at two statewide training centers.

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