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2012-06-28

James 'Charlie' Hicks - Bandera's new marshal

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera's gets another 'new' city marshal

Faster than the 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral, Bandera has found itself another "new" marshal.

After a protracted executive session, Bandera City Council reconvened in open session on Thursday, June 21, and unanimously approved James "Charlie" Hicks as city marshal. Councilman Nancy Montgomery made the motion.

Several issues in addition to the marshal's position were discussed in the closed session.

No stranger to law enforcement, Hicks has been a Texas peace officer for approximately 25 years. He currently serves as captain with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office.

During his current three-year county gig, Hicks has managed the day-to-day operations of the BCSO, including the criminal investigation division, patrol, jail, emergency dispatch and support personnel.

"I also oversee all disciplinary actions on employees and answer directly to Chief Deputy Richard Smith," Hicks said in an interview.

While with the Kerr County Sheriff's Office, he served as chief deputy, as well as interim sheriff, managing over 100 employees and a $2 million budget.

Additionally, Hicks has headed up three- to five-man narcotic units in Hardin and Hays counties that tracked and apprehended drug offenders.

Hicks and his wife, Pam, have lived on Elm Pass Road for the past 15 years in a house they built themselves.

Excited about this new phase of his law enforcement career, Hicks said, "I'm really looking forward to serving as Bandera's city marshal. I promise to bring professionalism, ethical behavior and a true desire to serve the citizens of this city." His first day on the job is Monday, July 16.

For their part, city elected officials and administrators are pleased to have found a veteran officer to take over the city's law enforcement reins so quickly. Kenneth Menn, the city's first marshal, was hired on April 11. On June 12, he turned in his badge, citing "changed situations and circumstances."

Regarding Hick's appointment, City Administrator Mike Cardenas said, "I think this will be an excellent fit. Charlie has been around a long time and already knows Bandera. He has a great attitude and we're very glad to have him onboard."

"I'm very happy to have such a veteran law enforcement officers as our new city marshal," said Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Schumacher. "His enthusiasm and ideas for serving the city are very positive and we're looking forward to working with him."

The City of Bandera switched to the city marshal system after the police force was decimated by budget cuts the end of September 2011. Since that time, BCSO deputies have provided law enforcement protection to the city's 857 inhabitants who live within the municipality's one square mile.