Interim constable sworn in to replace Jack Abercia

January 13, 2012 4:11:43 PM PST
Constable Jack Abercia was replaced by the county commissioners court on Friday, just one day after federal agents arrested him on corruption charges.

In an emergency meeting, Commissioners swore in interim replacement Kenneth W. Berry, who was already slated to take over the office at the end of this month.

But late last night, constable Abercia submitted a letter making his resignation effective immediately. Berry will hold the office until voters decide on a permanent replacement in November.

Abercia and two of his staff members were taken into federal custody Thursday morning amid an investigation into the Precinct One office.

13 Undercover reporter Wayne Dolcefino has been following this story for months. You can see his exclusive reports, including hidden camera video from inside the Precinct One office, starting Monday night on Eyewitness News at 10pm.