I’m often asked what I stand for.

As officers of the justice courts, we do not make laws. What I do believe in is personal responsibility. If you make an agreement with someone you need to abide by it. If you receive a driver’s license you have agreed to abide by the laws of this state and to have insurance on your vehicle. You’ve also agreed not to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence.

When I do my job as constable I put myself in the position of the people who have been harmed or potentially harmed. That’s how I think about it, and how I would think about it if I was fortunate enough to be your next justice of the peace.

I once had a Summons and Complaint for a gentleman accused of DUI. He had moved to Michigan but was known to the people that lived at his old address. They gave me his phone number and I called him. He was so shocked to hear from me! I got a new address and mailed his court papers. Now, usually, I don’t hear the rest of the story and didn’t in this case. Did my actions make a difference in this case? I don’t know, but I tried, and hopefully, they did.

People need to take responsibility for their actions, and in some cases, their lack of action. It’s the court’s role to make sure this happens.

— Ed Malles