A state law enforcement agency ordered the closing of Jefferson County Precinct 1 constable's office because elected Constable C. Nick Saleme or any of his appointed deputies are currently certified as Texas peace officers, a requirement.
Saleme is taking certification classes, but none of his deputies has worked as a certified peace officer within the last six months so their certifications have expired, said Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.
The county is working with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education to recertify the deputies who must pass criminal and psychological background checks before they can bring their certifications up to date.
Branick said he was informed of the cease and desist order form the state on Wednesday and hopes to have the office reopened by later today or Monday at the latest.
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