SAN ANTONIO — Leticia Vazquez has been appointed as the interim Precinct 2 Constable by the Bexar County Commissioners Court.
Vazquez was one of five finalists selected by the Commissioners Court Tuesday. More than 29 people had applied to fill the vacancy.
The interim position was created when current Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela announced to KENS 5 that she would run for Bexar County Sheriff in 2020.
That declaration invoked the so-called "resign-to-run" provision of the Texas Constitution, the Bexar County District Attorney's Civil Section Chief wrote in an opinion.
Vela filed a lawsuit Monday asking for a judge to rule that she did not resign from her post.
In response to Vela's lawsuit, the judge put off a final answer. He granted a temporary restraining order keeping the county from replacing Vela right away. But the judge said the county could interview candidates and appoint a replacement.
She said she’s not too familiar with how the constable’s office works but is willing to learn. She doesn’t have plans to run for Pct. 2 Constable in 2020.
Sheriff Javier Salazar issued a statement following Vasquez's appointment: “Deputy Leticia Vazquez has served the people of Bexar County with honor and distinction for 25 years. Her new role as Constable will be no different. The entire BCSO and I are here to assist her with any needs she has while organizing her new agency.”