The Hays County Commissioner’s Court approved the appointment of a retired Texas Ranger to become the next Justice of the Peace (JP) for Precinct 5. Tommy Ratliff will take office effective January 1, 2009. Current Justice of the Peace O. Lamont Ramage submitted his resignation letter September 3.In his resignation letter Ramage said he appreciates all the support he has received over the past 14 years as JP, and that his staff and co-workers have made it a great experience. “At the end of this year, I will complete 41 years of correctional work with federal, state and county governments, so I guess you could say I am somewhat tired,” wrote Ramage. “Therefore, at midnight on December 31, 2008, I will retire from my position as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, for Hays County, Texas.”
The Commissioners Court extended their gratitude for Ramage’s service and accepted his resignation. Ramage endorsed Ratliff to fill the vacancy. “I realize there will probably be several people requesting consideration for this position and I hope you will allow me to recommend someone you already know and that I believe will be a great addition to your justice court operation,” wrote Ramage. “[Ratliff] is well respected by all that know him and his hard work and integrity is above reproach. I hope you will meet and consider Mr. Ratliff for this position.”
Several officials present supported Ratliff’s nomination as JP including Sheriff Allen Bridges and Precinct 2 JP Beth Smith. “I can’t give anybody more of an endorsement than I can Tommy Ratliff,” said Bridges.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton recommended Ratliff to serve as Precinct 5 JP and he said Hays County Judge Liz Sumter is supportive of Ratliff’s nomination. The approval of the nomination passed unanimously.
Ratliff graduated from then Southwest Texas State University in 1975, majoring in Agricultural Business. He later worked as a highway patrolman for twelve years in several cities around Texas, until being promoted to Texas Ranger in 1987. Ratliff was assigned Caldwell, Blanco, and Hays Counties in 1997, which led to the opening of the first official DPS Texas Ranger Office in San Marcos. He retired in August of this year.
by: Andy Sevilla
News Section Editor
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