Harrison County court to address resignation of former JP Megan Pinson

Former Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Megan Pinson's (above) resignation will be formally...
Former Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Megan Pinson's (above) resignation will be formally accepted by the Harrison County Commissioner's Court on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The court will also vote on her replacement.(File photo)
Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:08 PM CST
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HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said the Harrison County Commissioners will move forward with accepting the resignation of former Justice of the Peace, Precinct One Megan Pinson, while also voting to instate her replacement.

Pinson tendered her resignation, effective immediately, via a letter from her attorney on Nov. 2, 2020. Sims said that no reason for her resignation was stated within the letter and no prior notice of her plans to resign had been made known. Sims declined to speculate on Pinson’s motivation for resignation.

“We simply received her letter of resignation from her attorney on Nov. 2. Delivered to me and simply said I have resigned from my office of justice of the peace pct. 1 immediately,” said Sims. “She had been absent from the office for some time.”

Pinson was arrested on Thursday, May 16, 2020 on charges of theft (the value of $2,500 but less than $30,000) and abuse of official capacity, meaning the property came into her possession because of her status as a public servant, according to the indictment. Both are state jail felonies. However, these charges were dismissed on Nov. 12, 2020 after and because of her resignation from her position as a justice of the peace.

Judge John Oswalt had been serving as a temporary replacement for Pinson since her absence.

“We intend to consider him for the permanent position until the next election,” said Sims.

The Harrison County Commissioners Court will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 5) in the Commissioner’s Courtroom at the Harrison County Historic Courthouse in Marshall.

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