‘I want to continue serving this community.’ Jocelyn Perez enters race for justice of the peace.


Jocelyn Perez

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Erath County native Jocelyn Perez is wasting no time jumping into the race for justice of the peace for precincts 1, 3 and 4.


After all, it’s been Jocelyn’s dream to follow in the footsteps of her current boss, Justice of the Peace Shawnee Bass, who has announced that she will not seek re-election next year.


“When I met Judge Bass, I realized that I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Jocelyn told Beneath the Surface News. “Over the years, I took every opportunity to work hard, learn and be mentored by those I worked with, which I knew would help me fulfill my dream.”


Today, the 30-year-old serves as Judge Bass’s chief clerk.


“I handle all of her civil and criminal trials,” she said. “I am basically her righthand person; whatever she needs, I am there.”


Jocelyn grew up in Dublin and has lived in Erath County all of her life.


She graduated from Dublin High School in 2010, then attended Ranger College before entering the work force.


Jocelyn began working for the county as a correctional officer in 2013, then as a secretary at the sheriff’s office.


Her big opportunity arrived in 2017 when she was offered a job at Judge Bass’s office as a court clerk.


“After gaining more than four years of experience working alongside Judge Bass, I know now, more than ever, that I want to continue serving this community by upholding the law, presiding over civil and criminal trials and working with local law enforcement agencies on inquests and warrants.


“Most importantly, I want to maintain peace over the justice courts with competence and impartial decisions.”


Jocelyn and her husband Javier Perez have an eight-year-old son.


She plans to launch her campaign’s Facebook page soon, but for now you can reach her by email at jocelynforjp@gmail.com.