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Kemp mayor speaks to Rotarians

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 31, 2013

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Kemp mayor and Kaufman County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Laura Peace speaks to Rotarians about the upcoming changes in Kemp and keeping kids out of the courts.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Kemp mayor and Kaufman County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Laura Peace speaks to Rotarians about the upcoming changes in Kemp and keeping kids out of the courts.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Kemp mayor and Kaufman County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Laura Peace spoke to area Rotarians at the recent meeting at the Cedar Creek County Club.
Peace has been a lifelong resident of Kemp and lives on property her great-grandfather purchased many years ago.
“I love Kemp,” Peace said. “But it is time for everybody to step up and take part.”
Peace added the city council recently agreed to transfer the Kemp water system to the West Cedar Creek Municipal Water District in order to prevent a recurrance of the water outage from 2011.
“I looked at every option out there,” Peace said. “If there is no water, there is no town. This will guarantee a water supply.”
Peace also spoke about her role as chief of the juvenile probation department.
“Our number one priority is community safety and doing what is in the best interest of the child,” she said.
“Offenses range from bashing mailboxes to murder,” she said.
“We strive to keep kids out of the court room. The further up they go in the system, the more likely they are to go to jail,” Peace said.
Although Kaufman County does not have a Teen Court program like Henderson County, they do offer summer reading programs and institute curfews, community service and counseling in various areas including anger, substance abuse and sex offenders.
Peace graduated from Kemp High School in 1978 and is a licensed counselor with a psychology degree from Texas Women’s University. She has two grown sons who also graduated from Kemp schools.
In other business, Rotarians heard:
• no meeting will be held Aug. 16 due to Mabank’s new teachers luncheon.
• Lance Gooden will speak Sept. 16.
• community food pantries are hosting a walk to end hunger Saturday, Nov. 2.
• the club’s Christmas party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14 at Andrea Pickens’ house.

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