The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, elected March 6, will be taking office a little early, after the current J.P. announced that he wanted to retire in May.

The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, elected March 6, will be taking office a little early, after the current J.P. announced that he wanted to retire in May.

David Sellers, a deputy for the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office, won the race on March 6 and will replace Judge Richard Hamilton who will retire on May 19. Sellers was the winner with 353 ballots cast or 64 percent of the vote to the 194 ballots cast for Buddy Jim Miller who received 35.4 percent of the vote.

On Tuesday, April 24, Runnels County Commissioners approved Hamilton’s retirement and Sellers being sworn in on May 20. Sellers was to have been sworn in officially on Jan. 1, 2019, after the November elections.

Sellers was the winner with 353 ballots cast or 64 percent of the vote to the 194 ballots cast for Buddy Jim Miller who received 35.4 percent of the vote.

Sellers said he is looking forward to working in elected position which Hamilton has held for the past 16 years.

Sellers has been training with Hamilton on his days off to get ready to take the office.

Hamilton said Sellers is an excellent replacement. Sellers will be taking over the duties of the office which includes hearing civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy, hearing landlord and tenant disputes, marriages, truancy cases, magistrating cases and conducting inquests.

“He is going to do a great job,” Hamilton said.

On Tuesday, Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres told commissioners that he has received about four applications for Sellers' position. Sellers has been a law enforcement officer for the past 30 years and has successfully completed 5,290 hours of continuing education and training in law enforcement. This education encompasses various provisions of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Penal Code, Family Code, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Property Code, and the Texas Transportation Code along with other miscellaneous Texas Statutes.

Sellers said he wants to assist his successor in getting acclimated to the deputy position.

“I want to spend time with my new deputy and get him acquainted with my area of Runnels County,” Sellers said. “I want the community to know that I want to give the new deputy as much help as I can.”

In other business Tuesday commissioners:

*Approved payments of all current accounts.

*Entered in to record monthly report from Runnels County Agent Marty Vahlenkamp.

*Approved the quarterly investment report.

*Approved deeding two properties held in trust to the City of Winters.