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Welcome to Precinct 4

From Constable Brian Vaughan

 

I began my career in law enforcement with the Texas Department of  Public Safety in 1986. During my career with the Department of Public Safety I served as a traffic enforcement officer, a criminal investigator, a Protection Officer for the Governor of Texas, and a Polygraph Examiner.    In 2016 I retired from the Department of Public Safety as a Lieutenant in the Office of the Inspector General and in June of 2016 I began serving the residents of Precinct 4.

As the Constable I am the chief process server of the Justice Court, serving a variety of Judicial process and notices.  I also serve process for County and District courts, as well as for the Attorney General’s Office. I provide personal security for Judge Pressler and the Precinct 4 Justice Court.  I am responsible for the safekeeping of all property seized under the authority of the Justice Court and I exercise a wide range of criminal law enforcement authority, including Traffic enforcement, Community Crime Prevention, and conducting civil and criminal investigations.

 

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         Precinct 4 Contact Numbers                                                                       Constable’s Office Address

Main Number:             830-995-3386                                                                        105A Amber Drive
Fax:                              830-994-5181                                                                      Comfort, Texas 78013                                                                                                       

For questions concerning Citations, Traffic Fines, Court
Dates, Court appearances, filing civil actions, and other
matters relating to the Justice Court, please contact
Justice of the Peace Court Precinct 4 at 830-995-2031

2019 Kendall County Sheriff and Constable Fees

To determine which Precinct provides service to your address, Click Here

                                                 CIVIL PROCESS

                                    A Continual Commitment to Professional Excellence and  Community Service

Civil Process is the foundation for all Kendall County Constable Offices due to their responsibility for the delivery and execution of civil process for all Justice of the Peace Courts and also the 451st District Court. Their civil process responsibility includes, but is not limited to:


Citations
Small Claims
Tax Suits
Subpoenas
Summons
Protective Orders
Restraining Orders
Evictions
Writ of Possession
Writ of Execution
Writ of Attachment
Writ of Re-entry
Writ of Restoration
Writ of Sequestration

All civil process require personal service unless directed otherwise by the Court.  The Constable’s written return advises the respective court of the actions taken in regards to the service of the citation.


Please click here to view the schedule of Constable Service Fees.

 

 

Traffic

The safety of the roadways in Kendall County is of paramount importance to the Constables in Kendall County.  The increasing number of new subdivisions, the increasing population across the county, and the upgrading of roads in the county has resulted in more traffic congestion and more trucks and construction vehicles on our roads.

 

In order to promote safety on roads across the County the Kendall County, Constables are actively involved in patrolling county roads and enforcing traffic laws.  Kendall County Constables also work cooperatively with the Boerne Police Department, Kendall County Sheriff Office, and the Department of Public Safety in traffic accident situations requiring additional traffic support.

 

Maintaining safety in the city and county school zones is also extremely important to all Kendall County Constables.

All Constables patrol and also may work radar in school zones during the time the schools are in session  to insure  the reduced school zone speed limit is obeyed.

 

Information on the schedule of fines for traffic violations and the process to follow to pay a traffic citation can be found on the Justice of the Peace website.

        

Special Events in Precinct 4

The office of Constable Brian Vaughan prioritizes helping and serving the residents in Precinct 4 and all citizens in Kendall County through involvement in community based programs designed to strengthen the community, provide assistance to the families of first responders, and supporting education and the Comfort ISD through the donation and distribution of school supplies.  Described below are the programs Constable Vaughan supports in Precinct 4.

 

The 100 Club

Every Good Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM at the McDonald’s in Comfort, Texas Constable Vaughan, the

Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, and EMS and local Fire Departments serve Mc Donald’s

customers.  Money donated and a portion of the money collected for meals purchased go to the

families of fallen first responders.

                                                                     

National Night Out

Constable Vaughan, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, and DPS partner with communities to help

strengthen neighborhood spirit and community-law enforcement partnerships, while sending

a message to criminals Precinct 4 neighborhoods are organized against crime.

Backpacks in Action

Every summer before the kids return to school from the summer break Constable Vaughan

collects backpacks to be filled with school supplies for kids who cannot afford school

supplies. Constable Vaughan accepts donated backpacks at his office which is located at

105 Amber Drive in Comfort.

Robbie’s Bears

Robbie’s Bears was named after former Precinct 4 Constable Robbie Pankratz.  Constable Pankratz

started this program, but passed away in 2015.  Constable Vaughan has continued the program

to honor Robbie Pankratz by collecting stuffed animals throughout the year so that in December

the stuffed animals can be delivered to needy families in the Kendall County area.  Constable

Vaughan has seen the positive effect this program has on kids who receive one of “Robbie’s Bears”.

Stuffed animals can be brought to Constable Vaughan’s office at 105 Amber Drive in Comfort.

       

San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo

Western Art Contest

Constable Vaughan volunteers with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo and is member of the

San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo’s Western Art Committee, which recognizes the outstanding

 art talents of high school students in the South Texas area.   This committee annually awards college

scholarship money to South Texas area students whose submitted Western Art was judged as a Grand,

Reserve, or Art Class Champion during the annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo’s

Western Art Judging Contest.  In past years the scholarship money awarded by this committee

has ranged from $ 4,000 to over $ 20,000 per student.  Art students from Boerne High School,

Comfort High School,  Geneva School, as well as several Home Schooled students have received

scholarship money for the artwork they submitted.  Constable Vaughan views his work with

the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo as another way he can help the youth

in Kendall County attend college and also fulfill their dreams.

 

 

Supporting Kendall County Non Profits

The Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is a supporter of many nonprofit organizations in Kendall County.

Constable Vaughan throughout the year assists with fundraisers and other activities by providing

Security for the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department, the Waring Volunteer Fire Department, the

Comfort Chamber of Commerce, the Comfort Golden Age Center, and events at the Comfort Library.

 

 

 

Avoid, Deny, Defend Training

Constable Vaughan has been teaching a Civilian Response Course to residents in Kendall County

and also to various groups and organizations in surrounding counties. This course teaches attendees

how to respond if they are involved in an “active shooter” event or some other catastrophic situation.

Constable Vaughan has already provided this training to many churches and civic organizations in Kendall

County.  Anyone interested in Constable Vaughan teaching this three hour course to you, to your group, or

to an organization may contact Constable Vaughan at his office at 105A Amber Drive in Comfort.

Guidelines for the Writ of Possession

Kendall County Constable’s Offices will contact you with the date and time the Writ of Possession will be executed.  Please follow the guideline listed below:

  • NO ACTION MAY BE TAKEN WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OR DIRECTION OF THE CONSTABLE OR A DEPUTY CONSTABLE.
  • Landlords must provide a minimum of 3 people to remove all property from the location

    within two (2) hours.  (Additional fees may be charged after the 2 hours.)

  • Landlords should provide a locksmith at the property on the day the Writ of Possession is

    executed in order to change door locks and assist in securing the property.

  • It is not necessary to pack each item.
  • Landlords must be prepared with moving supplies (e.g. plastic bags, boxes, etc.) for removal of all items from the premises.
  • All vehicles pertaining to the eviction must be removed from the property.
  • The landlord or property manager should advise the Constable’s Office, as soon as possible, of any special conditions that may interfere with the eviction.

 

If contact information is not available for a tenant(s) who leaves an animal(s) abandoned on the property, the

Kendall County Animal Control Services will be contacted.  If Animal Control Services cannot pick up the animal(s)

the Constable’s Office will attempt to find an organization who will keep the animal(s).  The Constable’s Office

will not be liable for abandoned animals or property left by the tenant.

 

THE WRIT OF POSSESSION WILL NOT BE ENFORCED WHEN IT IS RAINING, SLEETING, OR SNOWING.

Disclaimer:  This not to be considered as legal advice, but only to be used as a guideline.

For any additional questions please contact the Kendall County Constable who is executing the Writ.

What is the Eviction Process in Texas?

Landlords may evict, or forcibly remove, tenants from rental property in specific circumstances under Texas Laws.  Both tenants and landlords have rights in these types of proceedings.  In order to have a tenant evicted, the landlord must send a written notice to the tenant before filing a complaint in the local court system.

 

Requirements

There is more than one situation that allows a landlord to legally evict a tenant under Texas law.  A tenant who is behind on the rent stipulated in the oral or written lease agreement or rental contract can be evicted.  The actions of the tenant, members of the tenant’s household or family, or guests the tenant invited can also result in eviction if the actions included threats or harm to the landlord, any of the landlord’s employees or other tenants, or damages to the rental premises, or a violation of the lease agreement.  In some types of leases, the tenant can be evicted for staying past the termination date of a lease that was not renewed, regardless of payment of rent.

Notice to Vacate

Before filing for an eviction, the landlord is required by law to give a tenant a notice to vacate the premises.  According to the Texas statutes, this notice must be in writing and delivered to the tenant personally if the landlord brings a witness.  The landlord can also send the notice by certified mail, with a return receipt requested.  After the notice is sent, the landlord has to wait three days before filing for eviction in a local justice of the peace court unless the lease specifies a shorter or longer waiting period.

Filing in Court

If the tenant fails to move by the notice to vacate date, the landlord must file an eviction complaint in the appropriate Justice Court depending on the location of the premises, to initiate eviction proceedings.  This complaint has to detail why the tenant is being evicted and give a thorough description of the rental property.  The landlord can also ask to be awarded any overdue rent, court costs, and legal expenses incurred.  The court will not consider late fees or interest imposed by the landlord in awards.  The tenant is issued an eviction citation by the court, advising them of their court date.

Writ of Possession

If the judge rules in favor of the landlord in the eviction proceedings, the tenant has five days to vacate the premises.  This is the length of the mandatory period the tenant has to appeal the court’s decision.  If the tenant is still living on the premises after the five days and has not filed an appeal, the landlord can go to court and request a Writ of Possession.  This is an order from a judge to the constable’s office directing that the landlord be given possession of the premises.  Officers from the constable’s office can remove the tenant and personal property from the dwelling.

 

WARNING:  Before understanding the legal process for eviction of a tenant, it’s important that landlords understand that there is no other legal way to remove a tenant.  A self-help or illegal eviction is when a landlord decides to take matters in his/her own hands without following the procedures prescribed by state and local law.  To reiterate, it is ILLEGAL for a landlord to try and remove a tenant without use of the court system, and it should never be attempted, no matter how dire the situation may be.

Landlords should never:

     * Change a lock

     * Shut off utilities or permit a utility to be shut off

     * Remove any of the tenant’s personal property from the premises

 

 

                       Disclaimer:  This is not to be considered legal advice, but is only to be used as a guideline.

             

             If you have any additional questions in regards to the eviction process you may want to seek legal advice.

History of Constables

The oldest law enforcement position in the world may be the position of Constable.  The Constable position originated in the Eastern Roman Empire.  History shows Constables in France at the beginning of the 5th century, where they were known as “Counts of the King’s Stables” and later became known as “Counstables”.  The position was usually a person of noble birth.  The office of Constable was introduced into England following the Norman invasion of the British Isles in 1088 A.D. and in 1215 the Magna Carta established Justice Courts with “constables”.

By 1765 in England Constables were to arrest lawbreakers, collect taxes, serve civil and criminal papers, and examine the account books of apothecaries. The position of Constable came to America with the establishment of the Plymouth Colony in 1620 and their responsibility was to enforce orders of colonial and county officials in both civil and criminal matters.  The position slowly spread throughout the American colonies with the general duty of Constables to “keep the peace”.

Constables in Texas

Constables were the first law enforcement officers in Texas when in 1823 Judge Tumlinson notified Stephen F. Austin he had appointed Thomas Alley a “Constable” with the duty to “summon witnesses and bring offenders to justice”. With the establishment of the Republic of Texas and the Texas Constitution of 1836 the position of Constable was formally established. Constables became “Constitutional Officers” who were elected.  When Texas became a state the position of Constable continued with the duties of suppressing riots, unlawful assemblies, keeping the peace, and arresting offenders and bringing individuals before the Justice of the Peace.  Constables were the most active law enforcement officials in many counties during the early statehood of Texas.  In 1876 it was established a Constable would be elected to serve a small area of a county known as a “precinct” which has continued to present day.

Texas Constables Today

Constables continue to be constitutionally authorized peace officers who have the same arrest powers and duties as Sheriff and municipal police officers and who also have the responsibility of executing civil process for the Justice, County, and District courts.  Currently Texas has 666 elected Constables serving in 254 counties.  Generally a Constable is elected for each precinct in a county with a county having a minimum of one and a maximum of eight precincts.  The number of precincts a county has is determined by the population of the county according to the most recent federal census. Constables can employ a deputy(s) to assist in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the Constable.  In Texas the majority of the Constable Offices are staffed by just the elected Constable.  In large counties, such as Bexar and Harris counties, the Constable Office can have from 30 to as many as 500 deputies and are a valuable addition to the other law enforcement agencies in those counties.

Kendall County Constables

Kendall County currently has four Constables who serve the four Justice of the Peace Courts in Kendall county.

Since Kendall County has a relatively small population the Kendall County Constable Offices currently do not have any deputies at this time.  With the establishment of the 451st District Court and the tremendous growth being experienced in Kendall County it appears in the future there will be a need for the addition of Deputy Constables to assist in the service of civil process, execution of criminal warrants, and traffic enforcement within the County.

 

Kendall County Constables daily duties include service of legal papers and orders to include Summons, Writs of Attachment, Writs of Possession, Writs of Execution, Writs of Garnishment, Writs of Sequestration, Distress Warrants, Orders of Sale, Subpoenas, Tax Suits, Eviction Notices, Truancy Notices, Foreclosures, Restraining Orders, and Hearing Notices from Justice, County, and District courts.  Constables periodically conduct investigations required in the service of civil process or in locating individuals for arrest on criminal warrants.  Constables are also responsible for the safe keeping of property seized under court order and the sale of such property as directed by the Court.

 

One of the most important duties of the Kendall County Constables is the security of the Justice of the Peace court in their respective precinct.  Duties in this area include providing security when the court is in session, summoning jurors, transporting prisoners, and Justice of the Peace personal security.  Finally Kendall County Constables patrol their respective precinct for crime prevention, traffic enforcement and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies.  Kendall County Constables focus on being “Community Oriented Police” as much as possible.

 

Kendall County Constables continually attend professional civil process and criminal law enforcement training in order to stay current with local, state and federal laws.  Attending professional training is essential in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities required to be performed by Constables in today’s ever changing world.

                                                                                    Complaints

The Precinct 4 Constable's Office continuously strives to provide the best service to the community.  However, when 
a citizen has a complaint or does not fully understand the process or actions of this office, the Constable will address those concerns.

Complaints can be made in person at 105 Amber Drive, Comfort, Texas.  Complaints may also be made by calling 
Constable Brian Vaughan at 830-995-3386 or by sending an email to Brian Vaughan .               

All complaints will be answered as promptly as possible.  When calling or emailing please remember the following guidelines:

    1.  If the complaint is about a traffic ticket and the complaint is solely  concerning the "guilt or innocence" of
         the person receiving the ticket, this should be addressed on the court date with the presiding Judge.
         Only the Judge can dismiss a ticket.

    2.  If the complaint concerns the actions of the Constable, please be prepared to provide detailed information
         on the actions of the Constable. (What did the Constable do that is causing the complaint?)

    3.  Please provide accurate information as to when and where the incident occurred, who was involved, and
          any witnesses.  Also, please provide the ticket number if it involves a traffic citation.

    4.  Please provide accurate contact information so the investigator can contact you for obtaining  any further
         information that may be needed.  This includes home and/or cell phone numbers, work numbers, and work 
         addresses.

    5.  If the complaint concerns an eviction, the service of civil citations, or a writ of execution please provide the
         time and date of the incident and the name and address of the person(s) involved.  Also include copies of any
         court documents and/or related case/cause numbers.

    6.  All complaints should be submitted in writing and will be investigated as soon as possible.   In order to better 
         evaluate complaints received, an appointment should be made with the investigator at a time that insures the
         complaining person will receive all the attention necessary to have the complaint properly reviewed
         and addressed.

 

Deputy Constables

Currently all Kendall County Constable Offices are “one man” offices with the elected Constable for that precinct responsible for fulfilling all Constitutional Constable duties and also any other duties and responsibilities approved or assigned by the Kendall County Commissioner’s Court.  Kendall County Constable Offices can be permitted to employ full time Deputy Constables or Support Deputy Constables once approved by the Commissioner’s Court.  Described below is the current status of these two positions in the Constable Offices in Kendall County.

Full Time:

Currently all of the Kendall County Constable Offices do not have any full time Deputy Constable positions allocated by the Kendall County Commissioner's Court.  It appears for the near future there will not be a need for the establishment of a full time Deputy Constable in any Constable’s office in Kendall County.

Support Deputies:

All Constable Offices in Kendall County currently do not have any Support Deputy positions allocated to them by Commissioner’s Court.  Due to the rapid population growth in Kendall County in the near future there may be a need to request a Support Deputy Constable position in some precincts.  If the Commissioner’s Court would allocate Support Deputy Constable position(s) in a Kendall County Constable’s precinct, individuals applying for that position would need to meet the same requirements established for a full time Deputy Constable.

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