Scott Jones

Panola County Sheriff Office deputy Scott Jones is running to Justice of the Peace precincts 1 and 4.

Panola County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Jones said he has always had a desire to be Justice of the Peace, so this year he’s running for Justice of the Peace for Precincts 1 and 4.

Jones said he has the experience, the know how and the ability to be Justice of the Peace.

“I’m used to the hard work,” he said. “I’m used to the change in work. JPs are on call every other week, so it’s all hours of the night or all hours of the day, so I have no problem doing that... I believe that God has opened another door for me to run for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 and 4. Serving the county as a deputy, I have answered many different types of calls, from animal control to suicides. I have on many occasions had to serve civil papers for child custody, eviction notices and papers for people being sued. While doing light work, due to having an emergency surgery, I was able to assist with the CID department on child abuse cases as well as writing search warrants and sitting in on property hearings... I have assisted already in just about all aspects of the job to serving civil papers, dealing with truancy and assisting the Justice of the Peace with death investigations.”

If elected, Jones plans to work by side with the Justice of the Peace for Precincts 2 and 3. He also wants to help get the seasonal JP clerks to be full time positions so that they will have both a full time civil clerk and criminal clerk.

Jones cited the importance of maintaining good relationships with surrounding entities.

“I would like to see some more communications with the JP’s office and the Sheriff’s Office and the city police department, and actually other counties,” he said. “I’d like to see a good relationship with other counties. I like to keep a good relationship with the hospitals because a JP does go up to the hospitals for the mental health warrants that they sign.”

He also wants to find a way to change the long time frame it takes a mental health patient from picking that individual up to being transferred to a facility.

“We have to take a deputy off the patrol and sit at the hospital hours on end to watch over the patient, and once a bed is found at a facility a deputy has to drive hours away for transfer,” Jones said. “This is taking our deputy, sometimes two depending on the severity of the individual, longer to get back to serving and protecting our county.”

Jones stressed his decision-making capability.

“One of the jobs of being a deputy is being a decision maker. I found out while responding to the community calls of service that most people are just seeking help from a neutral party,” he said. “Unfortunately, not every solution can be found easily; some problems I found have been growing for years and could not be solved in 30 minutes. In order to keep the peace I had to make decisions that were firm and fair. I believe that being decisive is a good quality that every judge should have.”

Jones wants to help the people who come to the justice of the peace office.

“As a JP, without giving legal advice, I hope to be able to explain any civil papers to an individual so they can understand what steps they need to take and regain their composure,” he said. “I want to work alongside with JP 2 and 3 making sure all paperwork involved with arresting, booking and arraignment of an inmate is simple and less stressful on the deputies but still informative of the inmate’s situation so bonds can be set appropriately.”

Jones said he has always wanted to be in all aspects of law enforcement.

“As a deputy, I have figured that time has come to where I need to advance my career,” he said. “I’ve been doing the deputy status for almost 13 years. I was reserve for 10, almost 11 years, and I’ve become full time for fixing to be almost two years now. I believe God’s opened the door for me to move up into the advancements, so I’m gonna try to move up into the JP, and I don’t wanna be no politician. I just want to serve the community a lot better.”

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