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City marshal accepts Kerr County offer

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Pictured: Bandera City Marshal James "Charlie" Hicks

Popular Bandera City Marshal James "Charlie" Hicks has announced his resignation effective, Friday, Oct. 24. For the next two years, he will be filling an unexpired term of a Kerr County constable.
Although excited to be entering this new phase of his law enforcement career, Hicks clearly viewed the appointment as a double-edged sword. "I love this city and have loved serving its residents, business owners and visitors for the last two years," he said during an interview on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Hicks found out he had been selected as Kerr County Precinct 2 Constable earlier on Oct. 14. "There were three applicants and we had our final interviews today in an executive session with the Kerr County Commissioners," he said. "After reconvening in open session, they selected me unanimously." Hicks will replace Constable Joel Ayala, who resigned in September due to ill health.
During an earlier interview for the position, Hicks met with a committee comprised of the Kerr County officials, including Ayala, Precinct 2 Commissioner Tom Moser, the human resources director and Sheriff "Rusty" Hierholtzer.
"I'll serve for two years and then have to run for re-election in 2016," Hicks explained. That, however, should not pose a problem for the veteran law enforcement officer. Hicks has lived in the precinct for 15 to 16 years. Additionally, he served as a deputy with the Kerr County Sheriff's Office for 15 years and then as interim sheriff from 1999-2000.
Prior to accepting the position as city marshal, he was chief deputy at the Bandera County Sheriff's Office.
A 26-year law enforcement veteran, Hicks holds a Masters Peace Officers Certification and is a certified law enforcement instructor. At one time, he was also certified to serve civil processes for the Texas Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Hicks sent what became his final email blast, writing, in part: "I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support of the Bandera Marshal's Office. I hope as your marshal I have proven to you that it is possible to have both friendly and professional law enforcement. I have thoroughly enjoyed by time serving here and I will always remember this city and its people."
Hicks also noted, "If I can ever be of service to any of you, just jump right over the county line and look me up." He will be sworn in during the Monday, Oct. 27, meeting of the Kerr County Commissioners Court.
When asked to recall his most noteworthy achievement during his tenure in the City of Bandera, Hicks echoed his email statement. "As my greatest accomplishment, I consider bringing trust, respect and professionalism back to law enforcement in the city I have grown to love so much," he said.
When asked if he would ask city council to allow him to keep his marshal's badge, Hicks indicated he would not, saying, "All I'm taking with me are my pride and integrity. Everything else belongs to the city."