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While Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs had no competition in the Primary Election (nor in the upcoming General Election), there has been a battle for the constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield JP Court.

With only seven of 16 precincts reporting Tuesday, Glenn Morrison has a lead over fellow Republican Bill Griffin – 53 percent to 46 percent. They are vying to replace Bret Roberts, who is on track to reach the General Election in the race for House of Representatives for Legislative District 11.

The eventual winner of the Republican Primary will meet Democrat Andre LaFond in the General Election.

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Three men are campaigning to be the next constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court. Republicans Bill Griffin and Glenn Morrison meet in the Primary Election, which is Aug. 28. The winner will face off with Democrat Andre LaFond in the General Election in November.

All three men will be among participants in the InMaricopa Town Hall scheduled for Aug. 4 at Maricopa High School’s Performing Arts Center. Learn more about them below.

REPUBLICANS

 

William Lee “Bill” Griffin
Age: 63
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Residence: Cobblestone Farms
Occupation: Retired deputy sheriff
Family: Married, father of 5 children; 10 grandchildren
Political background/previous campaigns: none
Previous community service: Boy Scouts of America, (scoutmaster, merit badge counselor), Master Gardner, Community Garden, Make a Wish, Addiction Recovery Program

What are your qualifications to be constable?
Honesty, morals, integrity. Those are the foundations of trust. I have 25 years of service as a full-time deputy sheriff. I come from a long line of law enforcement officers, including my father, both of my grandfathers, great-grandfather and great-uncle. I am uniquely qualified to be the next constable because I have the experience, values and character needed for trust in public service.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The Constable is responsible for serving and executing legal papers issued by the Justice Court. We need someone who is committed to public service, not politics. You need to trust the people you elect. The courts need people they can trust. The constable needs to do the job and do it right. I have the honesty, morals and integrity to do the job right and be committed to this community.

Why do you want to be constable?
I have a commitment to serve the public with honesty and integrity. I’ll never forget the look on the faces of the judge and jury the first time I testified in court. The importance of my word as a peace officer was evident. The same applies to the constable – truth makes all the difference in the world for those using our court system. I want to serve the public and bring integrity back to this office.


Glenn Morrison
Age: 58
Hometown: Tucson
Residence: Rancho El Dorado
Occupation: Realtor and Pinal County Sheriff posse member
Family: Significant other Sharlyn Ryan, also a sister and cousins
Political background/previous campaigns: None
Previous community service: Multiple charities including ASPCA, MDA, Red Cross, Public/community service non-profits and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

What are your qualifications to be constable?
I have been extensively trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation while serving for seven years as a volunteer Sheriff’s Office member.  I have learned through lifelong experience in business management and law enforcement that it is vital to communicate respect and compassion for all individuals. Therefore, I am uniquely qualified in communication, cooperation, team building and public safety.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The most important aspect of the job will be to gain the public’s trust. Constables are public servants and peace officers who must be meticulous in their duties. Executing the duties of constable as defined by law, tempered with compassion and respect, is paramount.

Why do you want to be constable?
I truly believe we should all make a contribution, and this is the role I am seeking. I volunteer hundreds of hours each year with the Sheriff’s Office and with other organizations because community service is very important to me.  The office of Constable would be a natural progression of my skills, experience, and passion to serve my community.

DEMOCRAT

 

Andre LaFond
Age: 33
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Residence: Rancho El Dorado
Occupation: District security manager
Family: My beautiful wife Kaylie, 2 dogs and a cat
Political background/previous campaigns: None
Previous community service: Boy Scouts, CERT

What are your qualifications to be constable?
I am an Eagle Scout, Army veteran, and have spent the last 14 years in private law enforcement. I am trained and experienced in conflict de-escalation without the use of force. As a private law enforcement professional, I must deal with varied situations and dangerous persons in public.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The constable is charged with the duty of issuing out orders of protection. These must be professionally and safely handled without delay as the safety of others may rely on it. This is a vital service for the community.

Why do you want to be constable?
It’s important to me to be of value to the community. It’s why I joined the Army, why I’m in private law enforcement, and why I want to bring my skills and experience to the Office of Constable. I believe that my background and temperament best fit this position.

 

 

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Glenn Morrison. (Photo by Michelle Ryan)

A Maricopa man has announced his intention to run for constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court.

Glenn Morrison of Rancho El Dorado is running for the post currently held by Bret Roberts, a fellow Republican who has announced his campaign for the state Legislature. 

“I have observed the work of Constable Roberts, who has brought a high level of transparency and a new degree compassion to the office of the constable,” he said. “I would be honored to build upon the foundation he has put in place and be allowed to serve the people of Precinct 4 as the next constable.”

Born and raised in Tucson, Morrison has been a Maricopa resident since 2009. In 2011, he joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Posse, holding the rank of lieutenant, and is the posse’s lead firearms/Taser Instructor. He has been an NRA-certified firearms Instructor since 1998, an Arizona CCW instructor since 1999, a law enforcement certified firearms instructor since 2012 and is an NRA Life Member.

Since 2010 he has been active with the nonprofit AZ Precision Motorcycle Drill Team, whose mission is to promote motorcycle safety and safe motorcycling.

“I have extensive experience interacting with a wide variety of people from all walks of life in many, sometimes very difficult circumstances,” Morrison said.

Morrison’s business background includes training, technology, management and real estate. He also said his volunteer work with PCSO has given him an “excellent knowledge of the area.”

For Maricopa constable, satisfaction in the small victories

Constable Bret Roberts in his shared office at the Justice Court. InMaricopa file photo

Since being elected constable in 2014, Bret Roberts has made himself a visible part of the Maricopa city government as a frequent attendee at meetings and other gatherings. A former loan processor, restaurateur and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention officer, he has held jobs that largely involved working with the public. Maricopans will find him executing his duties at the Justice Court and around town.

Bret Roberts

Why did you want to be Maricopa’s constable?
Several years ago I first learned about constables and their responsibilities from a co-worker who shared how they had helped someone on their campaign. Considering the training I received from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and my professional background, the position seemed like it would be a perfect fit. As an added bonus I had not thought about, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of people and make new friends establishing professional relationships as well as during the campaign process.

Has your background benefited you on the job?
Yes, definitely my background working with the public has been beneficial, but I would have to say the time spent and training received working with the Sheriff’s Office has been the most essential. Both of these have helped tremendously in communicating with the public.

What have been your unexpected challenges since taking office?
As far as the performance of the daily duties, I would say even though I was aware of what was expected, the reality of certain aspects can be a little difficult. Depending on how a Writ of Restitution or eviction is handled, it can be difficult, to say the least. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and I have found that if you treat people the way you would like to be treated in these circumstances things tend to work out the best for all parties.

Another challenge is finding abandoned animals. As an animal owner I can’t understand how someone can leave what I consider to be a member of the family behind and in situations where they are unable to fend for themselves. Recently I found two approximately 6-month-old pups in the back yard of a home without food or water in 110+ degree weather. When I found them they were happy to see just about anyone. After leaving them plenty of food and water, luckily I was able to get them taken care of the following day.

What are your favorite aspects of the job?
I have to say one of the things I truly enjoy about being the constable is when you finally get someone served that has been evading service. For some reason, when you actually catch the person there is a sense of satisfaction there that I haven’t found in any other aspect of the office.

Do you have further political ambitions?
At this time I have not considered running for any other elected office.

Who are your biggest influences in how you approach your work?
I would have to say meeting and talking with other constables has been my biggest influence mainly by attending the Arizona Constable Associations training. Constables Kevin Jones from Maricopa County and Ben Crow from Casa Grande have been a tremendous help and resource as well.

Elected Office: Constable
Maricopan since: 2009
Age: 42
Family: Wife and six kids (three of which are the four-legged variety)
Education: Rio Salado College
Hobbies:  Motorcycle riding

Maricopa Constable Bret Roberts hands paperwork to Breeanna Siler at the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court. He was elected in 2014. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Maricopa Constable Bret Roberts hands paperwork to Breeanna Siler at the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court. He was elected in 2014. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

This story was published in the fall edition of InMaricopa the Magazine.