Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rey Flores Announces For Collin Co. Justice Of The Peace, Pct 3, Pl 2

The Rey Flores Campaign today sent out a press release announcing his candidacy for Collin Co. Justice Of The Peace, Pct 3, Pl 2. The precinct 3-2 seat is held by incumbent John Payton who has held the seat since 1990. Payton has announced he is running for re-election to a 3rd four year term and will face Mr. Flores in the November election. (Picture right - Shawn Stevens, Democratic Party of Collin County Chair, accepts the filing form from Mr. Flores.) [Flores campaign website / Click map right to enlarge to see precinct 3 location - from maps.collincountytx.gov]

The Flores Campaign press release follows:

Rey Flores Files for Democratic Party Nomination to Become Justice of the Peace for Collin County Precinct 3, Place 2

December 29, 2009

Rey Flores, a 17 year Collin County resident with 27 years of experience in the criminal justice system,announced today that he is running for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2 in Collin County.

“Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Justice of the Peace. I do so for a number of reasons:

First, I have 27 years of experience working within the criminal justice system. As a former Adult Probation Officer in Dallas County, I have been deeply involved in the court process negotiating with both prosecutors and defense attorneys in recommending possible case dispositions. My criminal justice career has included holding positions requiring me to not only supervise those that go outside the law, but also to manage officers charged with supervising the adult probationers.

Second, I have great interest in young people that too often fail to see the value of education and become truants. Unfortunately, the result of such behavior too often ends up in misdemeanor and felony courts later, at great expense to the taxpayer.

Third, I believe Collin County residents should have a qualified choice in deciding who will best serve them in the position of Justice of the Peace.

I believe the Justice of the Peace position is one that provides the opportunity to intervene early and to change the course of young people’s lives. I have the work and life experience, the education, and maturity to serve Collin County well as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, Place 2.”

Upon coming to Dallas in 1978, Mr. Flores was hired by the Dallas Adult Probation Department (now known as the Dallas Community Supervision and Corrections Department). He conducted casework on adult probationers on supervision for cases that varied from murder to criminal mischief and everything in between.

In 27 years as an officer, Flores rose in position and responsibility from caseworker, to assistant supervisor, supervisor and finished service as Unit Manager & Administrator.

Rey Flores has an impressive professional background in criminal justice that is well suited to the position of Justice of the Peace that he is seeking, as Flores has the following experience:
  • As an administrator, Flores had supervision and oversight of staff conducting work in 15 felony courts and 11 misdemeanor courts.
  • Served on the initial taskforce charged with creating the first drug court in the State of Texas, and then went on to supervise and create programming for that court and a subsequent felony re-entry court.
  • Supervised staff conducting internal counseling programs, inpatient drug treatment programs, a restitution center and a reporting center geared to provide education and numerous living skills.
  • Supervised the internal officer training program and conducted the State required officer training certification.
  • Served as a facilitator for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, providing instruction and direction to judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other court staff interested in developing their own drug courts.
Rey Flores has an exceptional history of community involvement:
  • Dallas County Community Action Board
  • Dallas County Youth Services Advisory Board
  • El Centro College Hispanic Advisory Board
  • Promise House Board of Directors
  • Metroplex School Advisory Committee
  • Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Board
  • Dallas County DWI Taskforce
  • Eastfield College Social Work Substance Abuse Advisory Board
  • Criminal Justice Work Group of the Coalition for the Mentally Ill
  • Dallas County Charitable Campaign Employees Committee
Judy Conover

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