Smith County Constable Precinct 4 Josh Joplin announced his campaign for reelection to a second term. Joplin has been in the position since 2017. (Courtesy)

A Smith County constable has announced his intention to run for a second term.

Precinct 4 Constable Josh Joplin said he will run again on the Republican ticket in the 2020 election.

In an emailed statement, Joplin, a New Chapel Hill native, said his three years in the position have been the best. He earlier worked at the Brownsboro Police Department as a K-9 handler and warrant officer. 

“When I started my campaign for office in 2015, I had a vision of what this constable’s office should be,” he said. “I applied that vision with goals and I’ve achieved them above and beyond expectations.”

His current opponents are retired Department of Public Safety trooper Charles Garrett, of Winona, and former Precinct 4 Constable John Smith.

Both ran against Joplin in 2016. Smith held the constable position from June 2006 to December 2016 and went into a runoff election against Joplin.

The precinct 4 area includes New Chapel Hill, Winona, Owentown, Starrville, Red Springs and Jackson Heights.

In total, the office has responded to 1,973 calls and performed over 1,600 traffic stops and assisted in animal cruelty complaints since January 2017, according to Joplin.

Joplin said his office has developed a relationship with Texas Attorney General’s Office, and through that collaboration child support papers and warrants are served by the constable’s office. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the constable’s office on calls, backup, and missing persons and manhunts.

Working relationships with the Winona and Chapel Hill school districts have also been built, he said.

“We have provided services in a timely manner to both school districts to protect students and staff during potential threats, and issues regarding safety. The office established an interlocal agreement with Winona ISD, providing them with a Precinct 4 deputy to protect and serve the students and staff at Winona Elementary with Winona ISD covering the cost of the deputy,” Joplin said.

“Our superb relationships we have with our school’s administration as outside law enforcement has allowed this office access to all campuses at Chapel Hill and Winona ISD to roam as extra protection and providing a presence for our students and staff here in Precinct 4.”

Two part-time deputies, a full-time night shift deputy and a deputy for Saturday patrol were added to the office as well. Law enforcement equipment was upgraded and Joplin took education courses to learn more about the constable position, he said.

“I have assembled an office made up of the most highly qualified deputies to serve this precinct, and with our combined experience we have over 116 years of law enforcement experience ranging from narcotics, criminal investigation, patrol, K-9, school resource officer, tactical operations and civil process,” Joplin said.

“We have raised the bar and became a constable's office you see and depend on, clearing the stigma that a constable’s office is a retirement job. We are a full-functioning law enforcement agency and are very proud to serve Precinct 4.”

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