Had previously served as constable from 1984-92

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

After taking his oath, newly appointed constable Bartolo Guajardo was getting a taste for his job Friday morning as he was handed 10 papers by Justice of Peace Juan "Kino" Rodriguez to serve that are due on Thursday.

Guajardo said he felt confident about his new position, although leaving his current position with the City of Alice brought mixed emotions.

"I feel pretty excited about the job, everything has happened so quickly. I spent eight years with the city, and in two weeks, everything has changed. I'm excited, but also sad to leave the city," Guajardo said.

Guajardo took the oath of office Friday from District Judge Richard Terrell in the Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court.

He will serve under JP Rodriguez in Precinct 6. Rodriguez said that since Guajardo was constable almost 16 years ago, it has gotten busier with the new truancy court, which serves the Alice and Premont area.

"I don't think that much has changed in the precinct, except for truancy," Guajardo said. "But I will be on the lookout for changes, and if they're there, I will adjust. I'm there to serve the people and I want to do what the people need."

Guajardo spent eight years as Precinct 6 Constable from 1984 to 1992 and will serve the remaining term of constable Alonzo Lozano, who passed away early this month.

The court approved Guajardo's appointment on July 11 after a 3-0 vote by Commissioners Oswald Alanis, Ventura Garcia and Javier Garcia.