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Gregg County constable charged with DWI submits resignation

William “Billy” Fort
William “Billy” Fort((Source: Longview Police Department))
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 10:38 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2021 at 1:44 PM CST

GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Constable Billy Fort, Precinct 2 has submitted a letter of resignation to the Gregg County Commissioners Court.

Fort was charged with driving while intoxicated following a witness’s report of seeing a Constable SUV swerving in and out of all lanes on Gilmer Rd. During the investigation, Fort admitted to taking a Xanax and an unknown muscle relaxer prior the operating his patrol unit. Fort also failed all three standardized field sobriety tests, according to Longview police.

His resignation would become effective Dec. 31, 2021. His resignation will be addressed at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

In a phone interview Wednesday, Fort said he is sorry for the embarrassment he has brought to law enforcement.

“It is what it is,” Fort said. “I messed up.”

Fort said he had planned to retire in about three years. He plans to see the country while driving around in his motor home, Fort said.

Fort’s resignation letter to Gregg County Commissioners Court dater Nov. 18:

“It is with great regret that after 36 years of faithful public service to Gregg County, first as a Paramedic for Kilgore EMS and then as Constable Precinct 2 for Gregg County, I must submit my resignation letter as I enter my retirement effective December 31, 2021.

I appreciate the confidence and trust that the citizens of Precinct 2 and Gregg County have placed in me. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve Gregg County as Constable in Precinct 2. It is the Best Precinct in the Best County in the Best State of the Best Nation on this Earth.

I had the honor of serving with my father, Arthur L. Fort, and his successor, Tim Bryan, and could not have asked for better Judges to work with. We the citizens of Gregg County have, as a whole, extremely outstanding Public Servants with the best example to mention is our Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, who has been a friend and mentor to me and many others.

I regret whole heartily the circumstances surrounding my retirement and truly wish the best to the next Constable for Precinct 2 and I offer to be available to counsel them on any aspect of the job.

Sincerely,

Billy Fort”

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