August 6, 2009

Jason Brinkley adjusts to new career as JP
Natalia Jones – Gainesville Daily Register  

Serving as Precinct 4’s new Justice of the Peace has been a lot more fun then Jason Brinkley had expected.

Born and raised in the Mt. Springs area, Brinkley graduated from Valley View High School in 2001 and received a
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from College Station in 2005. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor in
May 2008 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

By November 2008, Brinkley was licensed to practice law and began his own law firm, Brinkley & Webster, PLLC,
which serves Denton and surrounding counties.

Thanks to his experience in law, Brinkley said he didn’t feel scared but instead, was excited on his first day on the
job as Justice of the Peace.

However, Brinkley added, his new role has taught him to look at the judicial system from a different perspective.

“I still have a small practice and you’ve got to kind of look at it from a different light,” said Brinkley. “Basically as a
defense attorney, you look at it from one light, but I’ve interned for the Denton County District Attorney’s Office
back in law school, so I’ve seen it from all three sides now, I guess. I try to be a little more neutral now.”

The previous JP for Precinct 4, John Roane, is now the new Cooke County Judge. After he was sworn in, Brinkley
said Roane offered some advice.

“I’ve known Judge Roane for several years,” said Brinkley. “He sat me down in his office, shortly after I was
appointed, and just kind of gave me several pointers of what to expect and of course, he offered to help out if I
needed any help or anything.”

Brinkley said Judge Dorthy Lewis has also served as a mentor to him and ‘has been a lot of help with the transition.’

Currently, Brinkley said he’s still trying to learn the ropes as JP and doesn’t have any major plans for change in his

“I’d hate to make any changes before I have a complete understanding of what affects those changes may or may
not have,” he said. “But I can say that I have put a little more emphasis on technology then Judge Roane might
have, but I think that’s more a generation thing.”

The 26-year-old said he expected his age to be somewhat of an issue when he took the office, but said his age
hasn’t drawn much attention afterall.

“I’ve only had a couple of people even mention anything about it,” said Brinkley. “A lot of people walk in here and
are just surprised not to see John Roane. That’s kind of the biggest deal, but I haven’t had anybody make an issue
out of my age.”

So far, Brinkley said, his favorite part of his new job is the interaction he receives with the public and other county
officials. However, if you ask Brinkley what drew him to a career in law, he won’t be able to tell you.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I was a little kid. I’ve never really wanted
anything else.”