Central Texas constable sees increase in evictions

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Bell County constable says he is in need of more deputies to help with the growing number of eviction cases.

This year the office of Pct. 3 Constable Thomas Prado has served more than 1,000 eviction notices.

On Friday, one of his deputies was nearly attacked by a man with a baseball bat and a knife while trying to post an eviction notice at a home in Temple.

The deputy was not hurt in the incident.

Prado says there has been an increase in eviction cases and is considering asking commissioner’s court for two new deputies at next year’s budget meeting.

Prado says he never knows how a tenant will react when he arrives with an eviction notice.

“Most of the time it's pretty emotional, they don't like getting kicked out of their house but it doesn't belong to them anymore,” he said.

Currently his office has five employees.