The Constable’s Office is an essential element of our justice system. The primary function of the Constable’s Office is serving civil process, executing court orders, and serving warrants.
Constables are certified peace officers and have the same enforcement powers as other peace officers and the Sheriff except without the responsibility of the Travis County Jail. We often participate actively in criminal investigations and assist other law enforcement agencies.
In many communities, Constables focus on truancy cases and work closely with their courts. In addition to performing traditional law enforcement functions, the Constable also serves as bailiff for the justice courts and serves subpoenas and papers necessary to the functioning of both the civil and criminal justice systems.
The Constable plays an important role in making sure the judgments rendered in civil cases are satisfied. Additionally, the Constable must keep accounts of the financial transactions of the office and is responsible for property seized or money collected through law enforcement action or by court order.
As with all elected county officials, the Constable has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities.