Effective Oct. 26, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office began adding a uniformed station deputy to the Parker County North Annex, located at 1020 East Hwy 199, in Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the position was created in an effort to adapt to the county growth, while saving tax dollars. Current Courthouse Sheriff’s Deputy Ruben Pasamonte stationed at the Springtown location is retiring Friday, leaving the position open.
"It’s a simple solution. We wanted to adjust the position to accommodate the need for deputy services, and better utilize the position for the community while serving the citizens," Sheriff Fowler said.
The new deputy will serve dual duties as a courthouse deputy and a station deputy. Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike DeWitt has the experience to man the position and will handle all security, walk-in station complaints and reports.
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All sex offenders residing in Parker County will need to report to Deputy DeWitt. Annual registrations for sex offenders will now be conducted at the new location in Springtown instead of the former location at the Sheriff’s Office located at 129 Hogle Street, in Weatherford. The new deputy’s hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The number to contact the station deputy for Parker County north area reports, call backs, complaints and for sex offender’s registry, is 817- 594-8845
The current station deputy’s position at the Sheriff’s Office in Weatherford will be rotated by existing deputies, eliminating the need for another position.
"Although, we are happy for the retirement and service of Deputy Ruben Pasamonte, we are sad to see him leave," Fowler said. "His leaving creates a need. This new decision is a win/win situation all-around. We couldn’t be more pleased with this resolution."