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Smith County Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Smith County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger was recognized Tuesday for 35 years of service to the county.

Judge Shamburger is serving his sixth term as Justice of the Peace. He left his nursing career to serve Smith County in 1982.

“Much has changed since I quit nursing and started judging,” he said. “I have always been a public servant at heart. I do what I can to make this world a better place. For me that begins at home and in the community.”

Smith County Administrator Leonardo Brown said Judge Shamburger was being recognized Tuesday for his efforts as a public servant to make this world a better place.

“I have enjoyed working with you and all of the other Commissioners Courts over the years,” Judge Shamburger said.

He thanked his staff, and said his job has been an enjoyable, but sometimes difficult, journey.

Judge Shamburger is a life-long resident of Precinct 4. He served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, and is a graduate of Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler.

He and his wife of 46 years, Fae Shamburger, have three children.

Judge Shamburger has served on the Winona ISD School Board, is past president of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, and is active in his church. He serves as chairman of the Smith County Bail Bond Board and serves as the City of Whitehouse’s Municipal Court Judge. He has written books and is a musician.

“The mission of the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Office is to administer justice in a way that will benefit everyone,” he said. “I have been blessed with a good staff and working relations with the other fine Justice Court Judges in Smith County.”

When asked about retirement Shamburger smiles, “Well, I did 20 years as a Democrat so I hope to do 20 as a Republican and then I may run as an independent!”   

Amelia “Amy” Gilbreath was also recognized during Commissioners Court for her 10 years of service to the county.

Chief Deputy County Clerk Dawn Colclasure praised Ms. Gilbreath’s professionalism, knowledge and sweet disposition. Ms. Gilbreath started answering phones part-time in the County Clerk’s Office in 2007. She quickly went to work full-time in the criminal misdemeanor division and has been working in the probate department for about five years.


Smith County employees celebrating years of employment at the county this month include:

10 Years: Jennifer Lowrance, 7th District Court; Ching “Brian” Chou and Jason Davisson, IT Department; Mitchell Burton and Glenesther Rainey, Sheriff’s Department.

5 Years: Joshua Walsh, Animal Control; Jonathan Barlow and Justin Bell, Sheriff’s Department.

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