Two seeking Precinct One constable nomination in GOP primary March 3


For the first time in many years, Precinct One Constable Stephen Bowser has an opponent, Wood County Sergeant Billy Hill, in the March 3 Republican primary.

After holding the office for 20 years, Bowser is vying for his sixth term. 

Bowser has served in law enforcement for 31 years. He began his career as a patrol officer with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He transferred to the Mineola Police Department for four years. After a short stint in Alba, Bowser served as Como police chief.

In 2001, he took office as constable of Precinct One and has diligently served since, filling in the gaps wherever needed. Early every morning, he is patrolling his precinct to ensure the safety of store owners and residents as they go to work. At night and during tournaments, he patrols Lake Fork.

Bowser holds a masters peace officer license, and a firearms instructor and general instructor’s license. He is specialized in court security and teaches the class on a local and national level. He also teaches at the Texas Justice Court Training Center.

He is a member of Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association, and is the immediate past president of the East Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association.

He is serving on the board of the National Constables and Marshals Association. 

Bowser has been a Wood County resident for over 35 years. Before beginning his law enforcement career, he and his wife toured world-wide with a music ministry for 10 years and had an upholstery business in Quitman.

He has been married to his wife, Robin, for 45 years. They have one daughter and two grandchildren. They are active members of Living Waters Fellowship in Quitman.

Billy Hill is a life-long resident of Wood County and the fifth generation of his family to live in Alba. He graduated from Alba-Golden in 2008 and worked in the oil and gas industry for four years. He was also a volunteer of the Alba Volunteer Fire Department for nine years.

Hill came home and began working for Wood County Precinct Two Road and Bridge Department. While employed, he attended East Texas Police Academy in Quitman. 

During his training at the police academy, Hill changed departments and started working at the Wood County jail as a corrections officer.

Upon graduating from the East Texas Police Academy, Hill continued to be of service in his community at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office where he has remained for four years.

During his first two years at the WCSO as a patrol deputy, he was involved in assault cases, family violence cases and multiple drug arrests. 

Hill has held the position of sergeant investigator for two years and has solved theft cases, been part of drug arrests and has obtained multiple felony arrest warrants.

He holds a Texas police officer license, a marine safety officer certification, an active shooter certification, and a patrol rifle and taser certification through Texas State University Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). Hill is also a field training officer and is trained in interview techniques.   

Hill and his wife, Brittainy Dinese, have been married for eight years and have two children. They attend Cottonwood Assembly of God Church in Golden.