Burnet County Sheriff

J.P. Wilson

J.P. Wilson

Calvin Boyd

Age: 57

Education: Criminal justice degree, Texas DPS Academy, Master Peace Officer certificate with over 2,500 training hours

Family: Married; two adult children and two grandchildren

Experience: Texas Department of Public Safety state trooper for 22 years; Burnet County Precinct 1 justice of the peace; Burnet County magistrate; city of Bertram associate municipal judge

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

My primary goal is to keep the citizens of Burnet County safe. I also plan to strengthen community involvement. I will focus on preventing child abuse and domestic violence. High ethical standards for the deputies and employees of the sheriff’s office will be expected, and I will lead by example. As a constitutional conservative, the rights of

citizens will always be protected. The only campaign promise I will make is that I will never forget who I work for: the citizens of Burnet County.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I attended the DPS Academy, one of the most elite police academies in the nation. A career as a trooper takes you to every corner of the state of Texas. A trooper responds to hurricanes, floods and riots. I was a sniper on the State SWAT Team. We were deployed on missions all over the state and spent many hours on training missions. I worked many hours in South Texas enforcing border security. After a 22-year career, I retired and became the Precinct 1 justice of the peace where I managed a county budget and staff. I managed a court, which gives me a unique perspective on the criminal justice system. The people re-elected me twice. After resigning in order to run for sheriff, I became the Burnet County magistrate. As sheriff, I will be responsible for the jail. In my current position, I am working at the jail daily, and I have many ideas on how to improve conditions and maximize potential use of the facility.

J.P. Wilson

J.P. Wilson
J.P. Wilson

Age: 42

Education: Texas State University; Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University; Leadership Command College, Western State University-Colorado

Family: Married; stepson

Experience: Chief of police for 13½ years; more than 20 years of law enforcement experience

Party affiliation: Republican

What do you wish to accomplish?

Conducting a comprehensive review of all processes in place at the sheriff’s office to determine areas where service to the public can be improved (within the first 100 days in office); increasing cooperation between all area law enforcement agencies to provide better service to citizens; holding employees accountable for their performance and actions; implementing new security procedures and protocols for the county jail; increasing training for jail staff, which will promote a more secure facility; reorganizing the patrol division to have more deputies on the streets and neighborhoods, allowing for a faster response to calls for service; creating a sex offender registration unit that will aggressively monitor sex offenders residing in Burnet County; establishing new procedures to ensure timely and professional follow-up investigations of crimes.

Why are you the most qualified candidate?

I am the only candidate with community policing, executive management and fiscal budgeting experience. As chief of police of Granite Shoals for more than 13 years, I have extensive experience in writing and implementing department policies and procedures, hiring and promoting patrol and senior level officers and working with residents and city officials to ensure the police department protects citizens’ rights while enforcing the law. My department is the first and only in Burnet County to be recognized for best practices by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

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