Cregg Thompson is the new Atascosa Constable for Precinct 3. Thompson was voted in as Constable Monday at Commissioner’s Court. He was sworn in to that office Tuesday by Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley.
At the Atascosa County Commissioners Court special called meeting June 17, 2019, Agenda item number 7 was to discuss and take appropriate action concerning appointing a Constable for Precinct 3 due to an unfulfilled term. Constable Luna announced his intention to run for Atascosa County Sheriff on June 4 which triggered the Resign to Run provision from the Texas State Constitution leaving his office vacated. Two men applied for the vacated seat of Atascosa County Constable, Precinct 3 – Atascosa County Chief Deputy Sheriff Cregg Thompson of Charlotte and Atascosa County Precinct 3 Chief Deputy Philip Bosquez of Christine. The two gentlemen sat on either side of Constable Rick Luna in the courtroom where the meeting was moved to allow for more space.
Commissioner Mark Gillespie, Precinct 1 made a motion to select Cregg Thompson to the position. Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Precinct 2 second the motion. In favor were Gillespie, Knowlton and Commissioner Kennard Riley, Precinct 4. Opposed was Commissioner Eliseo Perez, Precinct 3.
Judge Hurley stated at the Commissioner’s Court meeting, “This has been a difficult decision for everybody as there has been two very good people apply.” Upon hearing that Thompson was selected, Chief Deputy Bosquez reached over and shook hands with Thompson then left the courtroom.
A large gathering of Atascosa County LEO gathered Tuesday at the courthouse to watch Judge Hurley swear Thompson into office.
In his letter to apply for the position, Thompson wrote, “As a native – born and raised in Precinct 3 – of Atascosa County, I feel a deep connection to the community that my family and I have been a part of for generations. I would be honored to give back to Atascosa County in general, Precinct 3 particularly, by serving as Constable.”
Thompson stated that he felt his varied experience in all facets of law enforcement including patrol, investigations, administrations and management made him uniquely qualified. He is a Master Level Peace Officer with 22 years of law enforcement experience, 6.5 years as Chief Deputy for the ACSO, 15 years working as a Patrol Deputy and Investigator and Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army five-year enlistment where he commanded a squad through combat operation during Desert Storm.
Thompson officially begins his first full day as Atascosa County Constable, Precinct 3, Wednesday, June 19.