Two years remain of term

Orange Grove Journal, Alice Echo-News Journal

After 23 years of service to the citizens of Precinct 3, Justice of the Peace Elois Barham has decided to resign her position effective May 31.

"With much thought and reflection I believe that the time has come for me to tender my resignation," Barham said.

She said her resignation had absolutely nothing to do with the Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court or any other outside reason, she said she felt personally, after much reflection, that it was time to retire.

During her 23 years in office, Barham has seen many things and met many people through her court, people whom she has known well throughout the years and those whose experiences have differed greatly from her own. In either case, Barham treated those in her courtroom with the same amount of fairness and respect, she said, and she is proud to say that.

"When anybody would come before my court, I would call them Mr. and Mrs. and I would answer them according to the rules and my knowledge of the law. In other words, I was not going to rule due to the person in front of me. That's what I told them before I took office and that's what I did. I think they will all remember that, because that's what I told them," Barham said.

Barham said she made every decision to the best of her ability, and she never looked back.

"I have had a good precinct these 23 years. I have very few enemies here. I think most people appreciate the truth, if not everyone," Barham said.

On Monday, Jim Wells County Commissioners accepted the resignation.

"We appreciate your service to Jim Wells County and to the State of Texas over the last 23 years," County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz said.

"We hate to see you go. But it has been a good service to JWC."

"We're going to miss her," Commissioner Oswald Alanis said to the court.

Commissioner Zenaida Sanchez said the county was that much richer for Barham's intelligence, her fairness and the way she operated her court.

Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez then submitted to the court information concerning the position of JP.

Valadez said the person the court appoints to fill in for Barham will serve until the next regularly scheduled election opportunity, which is in November.

Wally told Barham they would get together to come up with a name for the court to consider as a replacement until the election.

Precinct 3 Constable Sonny Crisp said he was going to miss working with JP Barham.

"I already miss her, and she's not gone yet," Crisp said. "She's always been there. I wanted to thank her for doing this for the people of Precinct 3."