BURNET — When Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead goes to work each day, she sees her court as one in which everybody is equal.
“The (justice of the peace) court really is the people’s court, and there is a more level playing field there for anyone who may have a case as either a defendant or plaintiff,” she said.
And Whitehead wants to continue serving the people of Burnet County. She recently announced her intentions to seek re-election to the justice of the peace post that serves the northeast portion of Burnet County.
Whitehead’s first stop will be the Republican primary in March 2014.
She and her husband of 34 years, Eddie Whitehead, are lifelong Burnet County residents. The couple has attended First Baptist Church of Burnet for three decades.
Lisa Whitehead serves on the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes board of directors and also is a member of the Burnet County Historical Commission and the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. She is active in the Briggs and Oakalla community centers.
She also is a member of the Burnet County Republican Party and the Burnet County Republican Women’s Club.
While Whitehead takes every part of her duties seriously, she does as much as she can to keep community youth safe.
“We try to focus on education about the dangers that are associated with driving, and we offer classes geared toward increasing awareness of the dangers,” Whitehead said. “In 2011, my office, in partnership with the Department of Public Safety, brought a victim-impact program to Burnet High School students, Danger Without Intentions, that makes students aware of the possible consequences of impaired driving in a very real way. We hope to do this every other year.”
Whitehead also works diligently to keep up with changes impacting her office and the public she serves.
One of the most recent changes came Aug. 31 with the abolishment of the small claims court, she said.
“While small claims cases will still be heard, there is no longer a separate court specifically for small claims,” Whitehead said. “All cases are now heard in the justice court, including evictions, small claims, debt claims and repair and remedy cases.”
She added the changes should make the justice court more user-friendly.
“I love my job, and my door is always open,” Whitehead said. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and want to thank all past, present and future supporters. I look forward to continuing to serve my community, and I would appreciate your help.”
Whitehead’s office is located in the Burnet County Courthouse annex, 1701 E. Polk St. (Texas 29).