With final approval from the county commissioners on Monday, Jim Weaver will fill the role of school truancy officer for Clay County.
Commissioners approved a request by Constable Toby Davis to appoint Weaver as a deputy constable. The truancy officer position is part of the Office of Justice of the Peace Jim Humphrey, but Weaver’s peace officer license must be carried by the constable. Humphrey said Weaver will be a deputy constable in name only.
Weaver, of Dean, is already familiar with the position. Before joining the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as chief Deputy in January 2009, Weaver served Petrolia ISD as a school resource officer for four years. Weaver spent 29 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a highway patrolman, and was a sergeant in the narcotics division.
Weaver’s salary for fiscal year 2013 will be paid through a grant. Humphrey said his office has enough money in its case management budget to cover Weaver’s salary for the remainder of the 2012 fiscal year.
The truancy officer position was created in Clay County several years ago with state grant funds, and works with all school districts in the county.
Replacing Weaver as chief deputy is Mark Elgin of Lakeside City. Elgin is a former state trooper assigned to Clay County.