Constable Billy Phelps Announces Retirement

After 23 years of serving Harrison County District 3, Constable Billy Phelps has plans to retire.
Today, News 25’s Kristen Durand spent time with the constable and shows us the man behind the badge.
Billy Phelps knew from a young age exactly what he wanted to do and who he wanted to be when he grew up thanks to a role model in his community: the constable who served his district.
“He took people to the doctor, he brought food to people. He inspired me. I said ‘I want to be like that man when I grow up. I want to be a constable in my district.’ And thank the Lord that he let me have this job,” said Constable Phelps.
Some would say Phelps was an answer to many prayers during his time as Harrison County’s District 3 constable, including a little boy years ago who got a Christmas gift, thanks to a visit from Santa. “That man is grown now. This guy, just a few months ago came up to me and he said ‘Mr. Phelps, you don’t know who I am, do you?’ I said, ‘I don’t.’ and he says ‘you’re the one that brought me that bike when I was real little’ and he said ‘I never forgot that,’” Phelps said.
As constable, Phelps has worked closely with the justice court, serving warrants and writing traffic tickets, but what he likes best is caring for the community he serves. After 23 years of service, Phelps has announced his plans to retire at the end of June. He will be missed, especially around the halls of the Harrison County Justice Court. “His service is unmatched,” said Melvin Ray, Justice Court Judge District 4, “The civil process of the court is very important to the function of the court, and there’s never been a time where we’ve ever doubted that Constable Phelps was going to get the job done.”
His wife of 53 years, Katherine Phelps, will serve out the rest of his term until December 31st. As for the next elected constable, Phelps shares this advice: “Be kind in the community, be active in the community, and have respect for your people. And that’s what you have to do, have respect. And I have respect for people I have warrants for and I treat them the way I’d want to be treated.”
Constable Phelps plans to get more involved with his church and spend more time with his family once he retires.

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