ABILENE, Texas - A search is to replace two Taylor County justices of the peace.
It comes in the wake of A.L. Deatherage and David Pueschel turning in letters of resignation.
Deatheridge, who serves as justice of the peace for Precinct 1, Place 2, said he is ready – after serving for 15 years – to move on.
"I do want to have the opportunity to thank my family my friends and all the citizens who have supported me throughout the years. It's been really great. I've loved my job, I still love it, but it's time to open another chapter," Deatherage said.
County Judge Downing Bolls got Deatheridge's resignation letter Friday, and Pueschel's Monday. He said both Justice Deathridge and Pueschel will be missed.
"You always hate to see them go because they do have such a wealth of experience and they have done so much they really know their jobs backwards and forwards," said Bolls.
Deatherage will serve through the end of June and Pueschel through September. For those considering applying for the open j.p. positions, bolls said it's not an easy job.
"I've told people many times that of all the jobs there is in a county, to do the job of Justice of the Peace is probably the hardest, because of just the nature of their business and I know other J.P.s that when they left there they basically come and they tell you, ‘I just can't do this anymore. I mean it's just too taxing and too difficult a job,'" said Bolls.
Whoever is appointed to the open positions will serve through December 2014. Then they will need to win an election in order to continue. To learn more about the job visit the Taylor County job listing webpage.