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Reflections on a decade of service

Reflections on a decade of service
GREGORY RIPPS Jim Burdette has served as Wilson County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for more than a decade. His last day in office was June 30. Former La Vernia Mayor Harold Schott will fill the remainder of Burdette’s unexpired term.

To the Precinct 3 community:

Thank you.

It has been my honor to serve this community as your justice of the peace for the last 10-1/2 years. I knew there would be challenges ahead of me running for this office, but I had no idea just how rewarding the job could be.

The late Bobby Lynn saw me picking up signs after my first election and he told me that if I did my job and served the people, I wouldn’t have to put those signs out every four years. Well, I ran unopposed the next two elections and the signs have been in my garage for 10-1/2 years. If I have failed to act in a fair, judicial, and impartial manner, I have not heard of it.

It has been a special joy to meet and visit with so many of you around the precinct and in my office. I have met thousands of friendly folks in the area and only a couple of grumpy old men You know who you are! This county is a great place to live and folks are getting here just as fast as they can.

Barbara and I will continue to be your neighbors as Judge Harold Schott takes my place. If he were not a good man with a terrific work ethic and the moral fiber necessary for this office, I would not have recommended him for the appointment. You will see!

Again, thank you for all your courtesies. This is not goodbye. I’ll see you at the H-E-B.


JP3, retired

A farewell toast

Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette, as he prepared to retire, sent the following from his work email:

“é I am closing this address and retiring again. If you need to contact me, call me on my flip phone. If you don’t have my number, ask someone that does. Have a great day. I am going fishingé”

And so we send him off to retirement with this toast:

“Here’s to the fish that I may catch;

So large that even I,

When talking of it afterward,

Will never need to lie.

Here’s to our fisherman bold,

Here’s to the fish he caught;

Here’s to the one that got away,

And here’s to the one he bought.”

Thank you, Judge Burdette, for your service to our community!

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