Brownwood City Marshal Charles “Butch” Dempsey is retiring Friday, and city officials have posted a job opening for his replacement.
Dempsey was hired just over three years ago as the city’s first marshal after Brownwood City Council members approved the position on Municipal Judge Don Clements’ recommendation.
Brownwood Interim City Manager James Campbell said the future of the position will likely be debated during the budget process. He said he thinks the position will remain “in some form” but anticipated that the City Council will debate whether it should be on a full-time basis.
Dempsey was tasked with searching for and arresting people with outstanding warrants issued by the Brownwood Municipal Court and serving as that court’s bailiff.
Clements told council members in February 2004 the city was owed nearly $1 million in outstanding warrants and said the number would increase if no action is taken to rectify the collections process.
Clements said Dempsey has been “very valuable” to the city since his hiring in April 2004.
Municipal Court Clerk Michelle Carey said the municipal court issued 541 warrants over the three-month period of March, April and May. The city served 674 warrants — 451 by Dempsey and the rest by city police, Carey said. The value of the warrants Dempsey served over those three months was $87,000, she said.
She said she’s been a municipal court employee since 1995, and 2004 — the year Dempsey was hired — was the first year the court served more warrants than it issued.
“It’s going to be hard to fill his shoes. He’s a hard worker,” Carey said. “We certainly don’t want to lose the position. It makes people responsible for their crimes they commit in the city of Brownwood.”
The new city marshal will be paid $28,848 a year, according to the job posting.
Dempsey was hired as city marshal after retiring from the Cedar Park Police Department as assistant chief. Brownwood City Council members are slated today to consider Dempsey’s application to be a reserve police officer, a job that carries no pay.