Sheriff, Constable deliver annual reports

By Allison Flores

The Cuero Record

A full County Courtroom would prove a busy Monday at the DeWitt County Commissioners meeting. Up first was an emergency request from the DeWitt County elections office to consider replacing election judges and alternates for the March 3 Joint Primary Election, as the previous judges stepped down due to health reasons.

Elections administrator Melissa Alcazar referred Brandi Rich, Mitch Martin, Evelyn Boedeker, and Elizabeth Jaramillo. Perhaps one of the larger topics discussed at Monday morning’s meeting were reports from DeWitt County Constable Pct. 1 Kelly Phelps and DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen. In the Constable’s report, which was also presented with a Racial Profiling Report, Phelps recorded serving 84 civil papers in 2019, with 54 being served in 2018. The Constable made 341 traffic stops compared to 379 in 2018, and racked up 94 training hours.

For Sheriff Bowen, a summary was presented to the Court, along with data including breakdowns and specifics. According to Sheriff Bowen’s yearly summary activity, the DeWitt County jail admitted 1,171 inmates with 166 admissions being repeat offenders. The total amount of inmates held during the 2019 year was 43,031 with the average stay of 46.06 days. Bowen’s report continues on to report that the Sheriff’s Office responded to 12,253 calls for service and dispatched 10,502 calls for service to other agencies, bringing a total of 22,755 total calls for service.

The report concluded that the Sheriff’s office implemented a hybrid training style approved by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement combining traditional training with web-based training; since July, the DCSO completed a total of 1,269 training hours.

Peggy Ledbetter spoke on behalf of the DeWitt County Historical Commission in regards to the upcoming 175th anniversary of DeWitt County next year. Planning ahead, as the 175th anniversary is technically in 2021, Ledbetter requested the Courthouse be open for specific dates that would coincide with tours. Court approved Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021 and Saturday, April 10, 2021 as dates the Courthouse would be open for tours.

A proclamation was made proclaiming March 3 through March 6, 2020 as DeWitt County Youth Livestock Show Week; Anthony Netardus, Denise Goebel and Quinn Berckenhoff from the DeWitt County Agricultural Extension Office were present, along with Cuero Livestock Board President, Greg Gossett.

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