JP Dobbs stepping down

Howard County commissioners will begin the process of replacing a “great asset” when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse's third-floor courtroom.Commissioners will go into closed session during the meeting to discuss finding a replacement for Quail Dobbs, who is retiring after more than 14 years as Precinct 2 justice of the peace.County Judge Mark Barr said Dobbs informed him of his decision to retire within the past two weeks.“He's a very fine man,” Barr said. “I've enjoyed working with him, and I still do. He's been a great asset to Howard County, and especially to the community of Coahoma.”Dobbs, who has served as an unofficial goodwill ambassador for Coahoma for the past several decades, first made a name for himself as a rodeo clown, earning a spot in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame for his achievements.He has served as justice of the peace for Precinct 2 — an area that includes Coahoma and Sand Springs — since Jan. 1, 1999 and was re-elected twice. He will retire effective Dec. 31, at which time there will be a year remaining in his term.Barr said commissioners will begin “getting the word out” to find a replacement for Dobbs.“The commissioners will have to appoint a replacement for that precinct,” he said. “There's a special school for JPs coming up in November, and we have to have someone on board by then. We need to get the word out that we'll be taking resumes.”