A year and a half ago, Wayne Thompson made history when he took over as the elected constable of Fort Bend County Precinct 3. The Republican beat out a 28 year incumbent and became the youngest elected constable in the county’s history.
For nearly 30 years, Thompson has been serving the public in one capacity or another, as a firefighter, paramedic, police officer, or member of the national guard. He is currently active in several community outreach ventures, such as scholarship committees in FBISD schools, the Blue Bow Foundation, a program that supports injured, fallen, or otherwise distressed law enforcement officers, and Childproof America, an anti-sex-trafficking initiative.
Constable Thompson attributes his servant-mindedness to his faith, saying, “I want to do my best, as flawed as it is, to represent Christian values and my faith as a Godly example. I put people first, which I feel is a Christlike value, to serve others and be a servant leader.”
A lot has happened in Fort Bend County in the last 28 years. Thompson recognized that, acknowledging it as one of the fastest growing areas in the country, specifically Fulshear which was noted as the third-fastest growing city in the United States last year. “Twenty-eight years, there’s a lot to be said about that, but I think people saw I had a new direction and a new vision,” he said. He feels the community was ready for a new leader, one that was mindful of the explosive growth and ready to meet the evolving needs of the area.
When Thompson campaigned two years ago, he targeted three specific goals he hoped to meet once in office: be accountable, be approachable, and be active in the community. In less than a year, he feels they have achieved all three.
One of his biggest goals for the constable’s office was to have a more visible presence in the community. He made good on that promise shortly after election when Hurricane Harvey hit by putting his personal cell phone number out on social media for anyone in need of assistance. “So there’s about 250,000 people in the community who have my cell phone number, and I still answer it,” he said with a laugh.
Thompson recognizes that many residents don’t even know what a constable does and intends to do a better job of educating the public in that respect. He has already started “Coffee with the Constable,” in which he makes himself available to members of the community at restaurants throughout the area. The office is also very active on social media where they post pictures and information about daily activities, something he encourages members of the community to check out.
“I would like the public to know that we are a large law enforcement agency that does all the functions that other law enforcement agencies do with the added responsibilities of the court process and civil papers,” he explains.
But if you’re still unclear, just ask your neighbors for his cell phone number. Chances are, somebody’s got it.