Weldon Peveto began his 13th year as constable for Precinct 4 when he was sworn in Thursday. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Rodney Price performed the ceremony at the Vidor Sub-Courthouse.

Peveto was the only incumbent in 2008’s constable elections, winning over sheriff’s investigator Joey Jacobs. 

While other constables were sworn-in at the county’s main courthouse in Orange, Peveto said elderly relatives’ travel considerations and the fact he’s returning to office played a part in the decision to have a smaller ceremony in Vidor.

“It gives all the new guys the chance to have their day,” he said. 

Precinct 4 includes most of Vidor and some surrounding areas.

“I’m so proud to be serving the community where I’m from and went to high school,” he said. 

Peveto campaigned on the basics of the job, serving warrants and papers. He said he would work in 2009 to remove illegal gambling machines in the Vidor area, and to get a paid deputy to assist in the Precinct 4 office.

A 1972 graduate of Vidor High School and later, the Lamar Regional Police Academy, Peveto and his wife Diane have been married 26 years and have three children and four grandchildren. 

In all, Peveto has 23 years of law enforcement experience, and is also a coach for the Orange Crush softball team. 

He began his law enforcement career as a corrections officer at the Orange County jail, then served with the Crystal Beach police and the Chambers County Narcotics Task Force as assistant commander.