To protect the health and safety of attendees, the Justices of the Peace & Constables Association of Texas (JPCA) took its 76th annual conference online last month. The association was one of the first organizations to move to a virtual platform, and the conference proved to be a success. Held June 24-25, the virtual conference allowed JPCA to successfully conduct business meetings, install a new board of directors and award yearly scholarships. Judge Rick Hill (Precinct 3, Brazos County) was installed as president and addressed more than 100 participants, expressing his gratitude and optimism for the challenges ahead. Information about the board of directors can be found on the JPCA website.
One of the highlights of the conference was the popular awards banquet, which honors those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication. The top award, the T.A. Vines Award, was given to a past president, Judge David Cobos (Precinct 2, Midland County), for his commitment to the organization and his bravery and leadership throughout many legislative sessions as an advocate for JPCA at the Capitol. According to JPCA, the award represents the best qualities of former association leader T.A. Vines. He became constable in Dallas County in 1952 and remained in that position representing the area of Oak Cliff until his death in 1988. Winners of the award have demonstrated “leadership ability, talent, vision, and lengthy tenure,” the group says. “Most winners also spent long hours in the legislative process.” Congratulations, Judge Cobos for a well-deserved award!
Video recordings of the conference and information on award winners, scholarship recipients and resolutions will be provided later on the JPCA website and YouTube channel.
JPCA was able to maintain safety and provide its members a memorable experience. For more information on this article, please contact Kelsey Bernstein.