Oldest Working Constable Calls Madison County Home

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

How would you like to still be working at 82? One Madison County man is doing just that and enjoying every minute of it.

Jerald Tarver is the oldest working constable in Texas and for the past two decades he's been making sure Madison County stays on the straight and narrow.

"You meet a lot of people, you see a lot of people, and I like that," Tarver said.

However, it took Tarver a while to fulfill his childhood dream.

"I wanted to work somewhere in law enforcement and my father was a deputy sheriff in Fort Bend County and when I was young I used to ride with him a lot," Tarver said.

So after serving in World War Two, and a stint in the steel industry, opportunity knocked. You'll now found Tarver serving warrants, citations, and acting as bailiff for several courts.

"I get satisfaction out of completing a job," Tarver said.

This week Tarver turned 82, and his friends thought this would be the perfect time to celebrate.

"He is a very kind person," Madison County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Patsy Strawther said. "He takes pride in anything he does and he is really a pleasure to work with and a fine person to know."

"I really appreciate the way he handles the court, in that he's comfortable in his own skin," Madison County District Attorney Bill Bennett said. "He's not worried about what other people think he just does his job."

Tarver may have reached a milestone, but says he hasn't noticed. He says he feels 45, and you won't find him hanging up his hat anytime soon.

"There comes a time when we all should give it up and when I get where I think I'm not effective or having trouble doing the job I'll quit, but I don't plan on it anytime real soon," Tarver said.

Tarver did retire at the age of 55, but only took two years off. He first worked as a reserve deputy for the Madison County Sheriff's office, before becoming constable.

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