Constable Chris Tinsley - Precinct 1
The Constables Division is the chief process server of the justice court; provides state-wide jurisdiction to execute any criminal processes and warrants; and provides county-wide and contiguous county wide jurisdiction to execute any civil processes. I may also execute process issued by other state agencies.
The mission of the Randall County Constable's Division Pct. 1 is to provide the best service possible to our community. I will work hard to uphold the core values for what our citizens expect of me at all times. This office will establish positive working relations with fellow agencies to improve public safety and awareness in order to make our county the best place to live.
I will insure that all civil process is served in a diligent manner to maintain and build trust. I am committed to the highest performance standards and ethical conduct. I hold myself accountable for my actions and take pride in a professional level of service and fairness to all. I provide quality service in a courteous and efficient and accessible manner. I am committed to improving Precinct 1 by being responsive to the citizens of Precinct 1 and all of Randall County.
History of the Constable
Constables are the oldest law enforcement position in the world. History records Constables in France in the beginning of the 5th century, when they were known as the Counts of the King's Stables. By the turn of the 6th century they were the Chief Household Officers and commanded the Armies in the King's absence. In the year 871 AD King Alfred of England, declared the Constable was the highest judge in the military offenses and in matters of chivalry and honor. He was also named by the King to be the supreme arbitrator in tilts, tournaments, and martial displays. The Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836) provided for the election in each county of a sheriff and "a sufficient number of constables." During the ten years of the republic's existence, thirty-eight constables were elected in twelve counties. The Constitution of 1876, designed to decentralize control of the state government, reduced the power of many state officials and mandated that constables would once again be elected at the precinct level. A 1954 constitutional amendment extended their term of office from two years to four. The Constables are elected by the registered voters in their own precinct, paid by the County and their Law Enforcement Commissions are still carried by the Governor of the State of Texas, which makes them state officers as they were in the early history of Texas. Constables are the only Law Enforcement mandated by the Texas Constitution which makes them truly indeed “The People’s Police Officer”.