"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
(that's the short version) .
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
I'm D O N B E N N and as you know by now...I am the Pennsylvania State Constable serving the Greater Norriton area (East Norriton, West Norriton, and Norristown) and areas in the Southeast corner of Montgomery County, PA.
I was elected to office in November of 2021, sworn-in during January of 2022, and completed Certified Constable Basic Training in March of 2022. I am one of less than 35 Certified Constables and Deputy Constables serving Montgomery County (and one of less than 1000 throughout the state).
Here's my very abridged bio/resume - ENJOY!
I'm a born and bred Philly kid (lived there until I was 45 years old....but I've been a "kid" for a lot longer). I've been a Montgomery County resident for the past 25 years (which makes me -- years young).
I'm married (still to #1). I'm the parent of two girls, the father-in-law of two men, and the grandfather of 3 growing boys. I'm also a proud member of the Masons and Shriner's where I serve as both a driver (taking kids and families to the hospital) and Klown (where I entertain those who are staying in the hospital for a while). While I'm proud of a whole heck of a lot in my life...my work with Shriner's Hospital is at the head of the list.
According to all the certificates on my office wall I'm pretty smart. A quick glance shows degrees and certificates from both Philadelphia and Montgomery Community College; Temple University, Drexel University, and a few zillion certificates from some very prestigious places. In reality...all they show is what I usta' know. These days I'm lucky to remember where I parked when I go to the market.
I have an amazing background in such diverse areas as Law-Enforcement, Education, Journalism, Theatrical Production, Public Safety, and a whole lot more. Hell, I'm even a certified Pai Gow Poker Dealer. How many other Constables can say that? How many other Constables can pronounce that?
In addition to being a Certified Constable I am also a Pa. Notary Public, an "Ordained" Wedding Officiant, and a former Licensed Private Detective (to avoid ANY possible conflicts of interest I limit myself to teaching and lecturing.....no actual "Snoop" stuff...which I now realize that if you are under 50 means something completely different.
Why Did I Become a Constable?
You want full honesty..... I'll give you full honesty. I didn't want to be a Constable. In fact, I looked for more than a year to find a qualified individual to run for this very important office.... and I failed to find anyone whom I felt was qualified. So, guess who hadda' do it?
SO THERE'S NO MISTAKE........ While I don't take myself all that seriously (I even "brand" myself as "The Donstable") - I take my Oath of Office VERY SERIOUSLY. I treat EVERYONE I MEET with RESPECT, DIGNITY, KINDNESS, and PROFESSIONALISM (and while I seldom use profanity...in print... I most certainly believe that if you don't treat EVERYONE with whom you interact with DIGNITY, RESPECT, KINDNESS, PROFESSIONALSIM, and maybe most important of all...EMPATHY... you have no %#@! business holding any public office....let alone this one).
I realize (as I have for the bulk of my law-enforcement/public service career) that I will seldom be meeting people on their best days or finest moments. It's my pledge and promise to them, to you, and to myself...that I will strive to do all within my personal power and public authority NOT to make their day any worse.
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