Josh Reynolds, a long-time criminal investigator with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, announced Wednesday he plans to challenge incumbent Jan Morrow for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 in the Republican primary in March.
Reynolds, who has never run for office before, said his background in law enforcement would serve him well in the JP job.
“I have had a desire to run for justice of the peace for a long time,” Reynolds said. “I will bring my law enforcement experience, as well as my life experiences.
“In my current law enforcement position I have to listen with an open mind, listen to the facts and not judge before making a decision. I will give every person the opportunity to tell their side. I feel my experience in law enforcement has prepared me for the role of justice of the peace.”
At 39, Reynolds has 16 years experience in law enforcement. He started out working for the Bridgeport Police Department in 1997. He joined the sheriff’s office three years later, and it didn’t take long before he was promoted to a criminal investigator, where he’s worked for the past 11 years.
“The most important role of a JP is to be a public servant,” Reynolds said. “It’s not a lot different from what I’m doing now in serving the public.
“Being a JP or an investigator, you always have to go in with an open mind and listen to all sides.”
Reynolds graduated from Paradise High School in 1993. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children – one son at Texas A&M Galveston and two daughters at Decatur High School.