Today we’d like to introduce you to Roy Williams Jr.
Honorable Roy Williams, Jr. is the former elected Constable of Precinct 4 in Dallas County. First elected in November 2010, he assumed office in January 2011, completing his second term in office December 2018. In lieu of running uncontested for a third term, he chose to seek a higher office, running for Dallas County Sheriff. Unsuccessful in this pursuit, he went to work with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of Honorable District Attorney John Creuzot, where he served as a Sr. Sergeant Investigator assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit, specializing in Human Trafficking. He served with Dallas County for almost 30 years, retiring in November 2019.
During his term, Hon. Williams, who has earned his Master Peace Officer license, was asked by the Texas Democratic Party to serve as Head of Security for the 2014 Democratic State Convention that was held in Dallas, TX. He was the Dallas County Democratic Party Elected Official of the Year in 2015 and was recognized by Elite News, earning the Chief Don Stafford Law Enforcement Award in 2015 and 2017.
Hon. Williams is an Ordained Deacon at the Greater Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Fabian K. Jacko. He sits on the Board of Directors for Lifeline for Families, Inc., serving as President, and Chairs the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Singley Academy in Irving ISD. He previously served as a committee member with the Texas Association of Counties Education Committee and was an alternate board member with the North Central Texas Council of Government Emergency Preparedness Planning Council.
Academically, he has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Management, and his Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Argosy University Dallas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, earned a 4.0 GPA, and was recognized as an Academic Scholar.
Hon. Williams is married to his college sweetheart, Juliet, who is a Delta, and they have one son, Dominique, an Eagle Scout.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, it has been a relatively smooth ride, generally speaking, While I have greatly enjoyed serving the constituents of Dallas County, I have definitely had my share of struggles. Law enforcement in general is challenging, but when you add the pressure of serving in an elected leadership capacity, it offers a different set of obstacles, the biggest of which is working with other elected officials. One would think that once you serve at this level, everyone would share in serving people, but just like anything else, we all have individual ideas of what that looks like, and with most of us having Type A personalities, you can imagine the heated conversations and disagreements that take place. Another important struggle to mention is pleasing people. You quickly realize that individuals have their own agendas, and fully expect you to take an interest in meeting their demands. It’s not easy but you do the very best you can to navigate the waters and serve everyone collectively.
Please tell us about Dallas County Constable, Pct. 4 (Retired).
The constable is elected to a constitutionally created office for four years within each precinct. We are authorized peace officers as well as the chief process server of the justice court. We have statewide jurisdiction to execute any criminal process, and countywide jurisdiction to execute any civil process. Additionally, we may also execute process issued by some state agencies.
The constable also has duties related to keeping accounts of the financial transactions of the office and is responsible for property seized or money collected by court order.
Think about it like this…many people have heard of small claims courts. In Texas, we have Justice of the Peace courts. Constables enforce judgments that come from those courts. While JP courts are commonly known as the “People’s Court,” constables are affectionately known as the “People’s Police” because we are elected by the people. While in office, I had a great relationship with constituents in Dallas County as well as many business owners and clergy. I always enjoyed Career Days at local elementary, middle, and high schools because it afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the future. My motto was “Each One, Reach One, and Teach One.”
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Wow, that’s an interesting question. If I had to choose one, it would be a time from Hulcy Middle School. It was the end of the academic school year, and we were playing the faculty/staff in a basketball game at Carter High School. I was flirting with the idea of attending both Thomas Jefferson and Hillcrest High School under the Majority to Minority (M&M) transfer portal and thus playing for them. Our game was officiated by the Carter coach Alex Gillum. We lost the game by two points but I had a great game as I really wanted to 1) beat the faculty/staff, and 2) impress Coach Gillum. After the game, he approached me and my mother, introduced himself, and all but convinced us that I had a bright career at Carter and had no reason to travel across town to Thomas Jefferson or Hillcrest. Needless to say, I ended up at Carter High and was well on my way until he transferred to another high school to coach. While the new coach played favorites once he arrived at Carter, I had absolutely no regrets.
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