Manning to run for JP 2

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Callie Manning, who is currently interim Precinct 2 justice of the peace, announced she will run for the post in 2018.

Callie Manning

She was appointed to the position by Wise County commissioners July 27 to replace Craig Johnson, who resigned to be chief deputy at the sheriff’s office. Manning said the position has turned out to be a “great fit,” combining her love of community with her courtroom experience, acquired while working 16 years for Boyd Powers Williamson in Decatur.

“(Being JP) allows me to do the courtroom and things I’ve enjoyed and have knowledge of, and it allows me to be out interacting with the public and finding out the needs of our county and precinct,” she said. “I know I’m qualified for it and feel good about it.”

Manning said although she’s most comfortable in the courtroom where her favorite role is interacting with and encouraging local youth, she’s also found purpose in the field, going to calls for unattended deaths.

“I feel comfortable in the field meeting families,” she said. “Being there for them, you are a public servant. I just feel like I’m doing them a service and trying to help them.”

Manning has made a few administrative changes in the office since she was appointed, the most significant to the public being the office no longer closes for lunch. It’s now open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, and phones are answered until 5.

Manning said her goal is to make the office “better, more efficient and more forward thinking.”

“The day I leave this office it will be in a better position than when I came in … for my staff, for the Precinct 2 voters, for the county and quite frankly, for anyone who walks up to the window,” she said.

Before being appointed justice of the peace, Manning was the head legal assistant to senior partner Derrick Boyd at Boyd Powers and Williamson. She had worked for the firm since April 2001. She has served on the board of directors for United Way of Wise County since 2004 and is president of the Alvord Economic Development Corp.

Manning previously served on the Alvord City Council and Wise County Teen Court. She has also been part of Alvord Friends of FFA and the Decatur Junior Women’s Club.

She and her husband, David, live in Alvord with their children, Colt and Lillie.

Manning will run as a Republican in the March 6 primary.

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