Kaufman County, TX – Kaufman County Court At Law Judge Tracy Gray announced this week that Trenis Ramsey, who has served the county for more than 26 years, has been named Chief of the Juvenile Probation Department, replacing long-time Chief Laura Peace upon her retirement.
Chief Ramsey completed his Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Jacksonville State University in 1994 and began his career as a Juvenile Probation Officer in 1995 when the Kaufman County Juvenile Probation Department was in a small house on Jefferson Street. During his tenure with the county, he has served as Juvenile Probation Office, Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, and Interim Chief Probation Officer.
“Our department believes in holding a child accountable their behavior while offering them the tools to make better choices in the future,” said Chief Ramsey. “It is our goal to empower parents to provide the necessary supervision for their child and to encourage the child to make responsible choices and I look forward to upholding those beliefs.”
As Chief Ramsey served the Kaufman County community, he said he has had a unique opportunity to grow his career as the population in the county grew which has afforded him the opportunity to have a personal knowledge of the needs of the Kaufman County community and the Department.
“Chief Ramsey brings an unmatched dedication and experience to the Kaufman County community,” Judge Tracy Gray said. “I have personally worked with Trenis for many years and am confident, based on his vast experience and knowledge of the juvenile justice system, that he has the vision and ability to successfully lead this department and provide needed services to Kaufman County kids and their families.“
The Kaufman County Juvenile Probation Department provides services to juveniles ages 10 to 17 who are alleged to have engaged in conduct indicating a need for supervision or delinquent conduct.
Chief Laura Peace recently retired after a lengthy career with Kaufman County. She began her career as a dispatcher for Kaufman County Sheriff Roy Brockway in 1979. Chief Peace held several positions within the county over the past 40 years including Juvenile Probation Officer l; Director of the A. Fern Norville Children’s Emergency Shelter from 1996-2001; and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for two separate tenures; 1990-1996 and 2005-2022.
“I have loved my job and am very blessed to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Kaufman County. But after 43 years of working with children and families it is time for me to move on to new adventures,” said Chief Peace. “I feel very confident that Chief Ramsey and his Deputy Jay Snyder will maintain the stability our department has enjoyed while creating new, dynamic programming to deal with the challenges growth is bringing. They are both dedicated professionals with a passion for the job and Kaufman County is lucky to have them.”
Judge Gray added, “Laura Peace was dedicated and passionate about the children in her care. She will be missed, and I congratulate her on her retirement and wish her the best.“