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White joins Precinct 3 constable race

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Tony White of Rhome is the fourth – and final – candidate to file in the Precinct 3 constable race.

Tony White

White filed just before the deadline Monday to run as a Republican in the March 6 primary election. He’ll face Cary Mellema, Charles Applewhite and Terry Terry. There is no Democratic opponent, so whoever wins the primary will fill what remains of an unexpired term. The office was left vacant in August when former constable Doug Parr resigned as a condition of a criminal plea deal.

White, a former police officer, said he wants to be the Precinct 3 constable to give back to the community.

“If you look at those who have come before us – Mark Autry and [Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace] Mandy Hays – they’ve done a good job,” White said. “They’re good, Christian people; morally sound, ethical and they’re fair.

“I felt a calling to be an extension of that JP office, so that people are dealt with fairly.”

White started his career as a reserve officer in Krugerville. In 1996, he landed his first full-time police job with Rhome PD. He served that department as chief before moving on to Sansom Park Police Department in 2002. White said he worked there eight years.

After leaving Sansom Park, he was a reserve officer for the Precinct 4 constable office in Tarrant County and then took a job as a corporate trainer for Chesapeake Energy. White is currently a safety director for a pipeline contractor.

He said if elected, he plans to keep his current job, but he takes the responsibility of serving papers seriously.

“You have to be a good steward with your time,” he said. “Whether it’s weekends, evenings or whatever, I’ve got to make sure I get those papers served.”

White said he’s studied the number of papers issued on average in Precinct 3, and he doesn’t anticipate it being a problem.

White received an associate of applied science in police science from what was then Tarrant County Junior College and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from Sam Houston State University. He’s a graduate of the 222nd National FBI Academy and was a certified K-9 narcotics trainer. White said his license is current with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and he hopes to be helpful to those he would be serving papers to if elected.

“It’s a double negative if I show up being too authoritative,” he said. “I’m not here to rule with an iron fist. I’m a pretty soft-hearted, compassionate guy that already has working knowledge.

“I’m not the guy that’s going to go out there and write a lot of tickets and be another law enforcement agency,” he said. “I’ll be backup when it’s needed, but the main focus is to serve that court and do it with integrity.”

White and his wife, Shelley, have two sons, Caleb, 23, a Northwest High School graduate and Dawson, 16, a sophomore at Boyd High School.

White is on the Boyd Parent Advisory Board at the high school, and he was instrumental in bringing the 5th Quarter back to Boyd this fall, providing food and activities for high school students after Boyd home football games.

He and his family attend and volunteer at Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle.

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