WAXAHACHIE — A round of applause greeted Mike McCorkle after he was sworn as the new constable for Ellis County Precinct 3 Tuesday.
McCorkle has severed with the county since 2011. While employed at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, he was first in the patrol division and later repositioned as a canine handler.
The Ellis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the appointment of McCorkle as its newest constable during a special session on July 12. McCorkle replaces Tyron Davis who resigned from the office in June after he was convicted of impersonating a peace officer and failure to affix his signature an application for an absentee ballot during his election campaign.
“I am excited to be here and coming to explore another part of law enforcement. I have always been involved in different units in law enforcement like the bike units, investigations, parole and, most recently, canine,” McCorkle said. “Now coming over to the civil side and learning the operations internally and externally is exciting. I am also learning how to be efficient with them. I am looking over our budget and looking over our supplies and trying to get all that figured out.”
Before coming to Ellis County, McCorkle worked with the Cedar Hill Police Department for 11 years, where he was involved in several areas ranging from patrol to community services. He is also a United States Air Force veteran and holds a master peace officer proficiency certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Education and Standards.
“As you progress in this career people tend to move over to a leadership role. I was there. I have been a supervisor for a number of years. I felt like I wanted to take that next step in leadership and this was it,” McCorkle stated. “When it comes to myself I want the challenge of management and working with the courts and gaining that experience. When it comes to external goals [the important idea] is making those connections in the public and getting out and building relationships that really support my role as constable. I will be looking at different programs that we could be a part of.”
McCorkle explained that his role as a constable has many different responsibilities and duties.
“First and foremost, we are still peace officers. We are still out there to fulfill that role and the responsibilities as a peace officer. Enforcing state and local laws,” McCorkle noted. “We also have the role of civil process and serving paperwork for justice of the peace three. Now additionally we have court security responsibilities. Making sure that he (the judge) is safe during proceedings.”
According to the Ellis County website, Precinct 3 covers the eastern portion of Waxahachie, as well as parts of Ennis and Reagor Springs.
With Davis being recently elected, McCorkle will serve almost the full two-year appointment. He said he plans to seek re-election, as well.
The constable encourages residents to stop by his office in the basement of the Historic Ellis County Courthouse if they questions, concerns or would just like to meet him.
The Ellis County Historic Courthouse is located at 101 W. Main St. in downtown Waxahachie. McCorkle can be reached at Precinct 3 office at 972-825-5006. The office is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.