Who is JUDGE SERGIO L. DE LEON?
Judge Sergio L. De Leon, is a native of Fort Worth, but was raised in Arkansas, where he graduated from East End High School in the rural town of Bigelow. While in high school, Judge De Leon was an active student in his school. He was Senior Class President and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Young Democrats of Arkansas, Future Farmers of America, and was third baseman for the Bigelow Panthers High School Baseball Team.
He returned to Texas in 1992 to coordinate then Governor Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in Tarrant County. Later, he returned to Little Rock and worked in the national campaign headquarters and served as a junior aide in the Office of David Wilhelm, National Campaign Manager for the Clinton-Gore Campaign. In the summer of 1993, De Leon volunteered in the National Voter Registration Office of the Democratic National Committee.
After completing studies at Tarrant County College - South Campus, De Leon transferred to Texas Wesleyan University. There he graduated from and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. A couple of years later, De Leon returned to Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus where he graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center and received his Texas Peace Officer Certification. Academics continue for Judge De Leon as he will graduate in December of 2017, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Arlington (Fort Worth Campus) with his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2000, Sergio De Leon was elected Tarrant County Constable of Precinct 5. As Constable, De Leon is credited with transforming an outdated law enforcement agency into a professional county law enforcement department that worked with neighborhoods, schools, and surrounding law enforcement agencies. During his tenure as Constable, his agency received a $75,000.00 grant from the North Texas Council of Governments to wage a bi-lingual Illegal Dumping Campaign combat littering in the inner-city of Fort Worth. Also, in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies he initiated Warrant Round Up’s for Child Support Enforcement efforts. Finally, he was instrumental in Tarrant County’s formation of the Special Response Team (SRT. The team consisted of highly trained deputy constables that were called out to make forcible entry on any barricaded subjects along with arresting any subject deemed to be dangerous. Finally, the SRT Team provided dignitary protection for former Presidents and Heads of State and he and his team had the honor protect former Mexican President Vicente Fox and First Lady Marth Fox, Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In November 2012, Sergio De Leon was elected Justice of the Peace in Precinct 5. Justice Courts have purview over Small Claims Cases with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000.00. Justice of the Peace Courts also hear Eviction Cases, Landlord-Tenant Remedy Cases, Debt Claim Cases and Class C Misdemeanor Criminal Cases filed by local law enforcement agencies.
Judge De Leon’s vision of serving both the court and the community has become a working reality. Soon after taking office he formed a partnership with then TWU Law School and hired a legal intern; a first for Justice of the Peace Courts in Tarrant County. Additionally, he held the first ever Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace and Constable Town Hall Meeting to address a new Judicial Complex to better serve the growing needs of the Precinct 5 community.
Moreover, Judge De Leon forged a partnership with FWISD Schools and initiated the “Honorary Jurors Program” which invites students from area schools to serve as honorary jurors and observe live court proceedings. The program and has been a tremendous success and has been featured in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Texas Association of Counties, County Magazine. In December of 2016 Judge De Leon’s Court received the “Best Practices Award” for Innovation from the Texas Association of Counties. Since the program was initiated some 400 hundreds from over 20 schools throughout the Fort Worth Independent School District have participated.
Judge De Leon values Education and respects the contribution made by teachers at every level. He recognizes that teachers go above and beyond the call of duty by spending money out of their own pockets to pay for supplies for their classrooms. As a result, he formed a partnership with the United Educators Association (UEA) of Fort Worth to lessen the financial burden placed on teachers. Accordingly, “Judge De Leon’s Teacher Supply Drive” was formed by the UEA and each year they raise money for educational supplies for teachers. Since the formation of the program about $30,000.00 has been raised. This has served 10 schools and about 300 hundred educators. At selected schools, every teacher receives a large tote filled to rim with school supplies and a gift card to a local store to purchase additional supplies to tailor the needs of that educator and their classroom.
Judge De Leon serves on the Fort Worth Police & Fire Memorial Board, Texas Wesleyan Alumni Board, National Association of Latin Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and serves on the Education Committee of the Texas Justices of the Peace and Constables Association along with the Tarrant County Back to School Round Up. He is a former board member of Leadership Fort Worth and Visions MHMR of Tarrant County.
Judge De Leon is married to former Frances Granados and they have four children; Alexis, Jake, Alena, and Leila. They are members of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Fort Worth.