Kilgore, and surrounding communities, now has a new constable on the job.
John Slagle was sworn in to the Pct. 3 Constable post by Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt at the Gregg County Courthouse Tuesday.
Slagle took the oath of office at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. He takes over the position from former constable Daniel Morgan, who is rejoining Kilgore Police Department, where he worked for 10 years. Morgan was elected constable in 2016 and announced he was leaving the post in July.
Slagle has an extensive background in law enforcement, including work with local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He also served as a trustee on the Kilgore ISD school board for two terms.
He plans to coordinate with Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Talyna Carlson as he assumes the new role as constable.
“I’m going to work on getting things worked out with the Justice of the Peace and make sure I take care of her court,” Slagle said.
His jurisdiction will include White Oak, Warren City, Clark City, Gladewater, Sabine, Kilgore and unincorporated areas in that region.
He also plans to work with Sabine Fire Department and has already met with Sabine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Sisk.
As he moves into the new role, Slagle said he will focus on one specific task firsthand.
“Learning the job. Because it’s civil papers and that’s somewhat new to me I’m going to get to know it here.”
With over 35 years in law enforcement, Slagle is familiar with some aspects of the job but will learning how things work as a civil servant.
In Texas, constables serve a variety of functions, including serving civil papers and executing warrants.