If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
Former Justice of the Peace Jack “Chip” Proctor Jr. has been named as the replacement for Lauro Flores in the Precinct 4 position by a local committee tabbed with naming a successor.
“I’ve always been a servant to the community in one capacity or another,” Proctor said of his decision to return to the bench as justice of the peace.
Judge Flores had announced his decision to retire from his position in Pct. 4 last month at the end of ten years in service.
Frio County commissioners appointed a committee to review applications for those interested in filling Flores’ unexpired term.
The committee spearheaded by Pct. 1 JP Shanna Gates met in late August and unanimously decided to recommend Proctor for the job.
“We took Flores’ recommendation,” Gates said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “He had prior experience and could step in with little updates.”
In the fall of 1996, Proctor was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the outgoing justice of the peace; he was elected to serve as Pct. 4 JP that January, a position he held until 2010.
A Dilley native, the newly appointed judge has served in many capacities from paramedic to coaching Dilley athletes.
“In 2010 I decided I needed to pursue my sports management degree,” the judge said. “I love serving the community but I did not like the political side of it.”
Before serving as the justice of the peace in 1996, Proctor worked for the county as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic.
“I rose up the ranks to driver then to emergency medical technician,” he said. “Then, when the county went full-time [emergency medical services], I was one of the initial crew members.”
After earning his bachelor of science degree in sports management, Proctor began a nine-year career with Dilley ISD. He was the parent liaison for the district, became a teacher at Mary Harper Middle School, then moved on to Dilley High School, where he taught criminal justice and coached.
“I loved working at the school,” the former teacher said. “Because I love the kids and coaching. Prior to coaching at the school I coached select ball for my oldest daughter.”
In his last two years with the district, he was an EMT instructor for high school students through a program with Southwest Texas Junior College.
The judge plans to place his name on the ballot next year.
Proctor said he understands small town politics and has made it a goal to serve the community fairly.
“First and foremost it is very important to be fair,” he says. “I know in small towns people tend to see where you stand on issues but I want to be as fair as possible. We have certain rules we have to abide by. After a person makes a plea, I will hear their story and make a decision. I will always listen to the person. I think I have shown that in the past when I was here before and people know that it is my nature and they understand and respect that.”
The judge said he is excited to take his seat at the bench again and is enthusiastic about working with Flores and Sheriff Mike Morse.
“We are going back to before I was the JP, Flores was the municipal judge and the sheriff was the game warden,” he laughed.
Proctor describes himself as guided by faith, family-oriented, and makes it a priority to be productive, fair and genuine.
“I look forward to working with every department within the county along with the school district,” he said. “I also want to thank the committee for the recommendation and the commissioners for appointing me. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Frio County again.”