Collin County Precinct 1 Constable-elect Mike Vance died Nov. 27 after a short illness. Those who knew him say he was dedicated to both law enforcement and serving his community.
Known as “Mookie” to many of his colleagues, Vance spent more than 34 years with the Collin County Sheriff’s office. His career began as a detention officer in the Collin County Detention Facility. In 1988, he moved to Anna and became a full-time patrol deputy.
Vance later served as a narcotics officer, a narcotics supervisor and a patrol supervisor. He was on the S.W.A.T team for 17 years, including the last seven as team commander. He retired in Oct. 2019 after investigating more than 10,000 cases over the course of his career.
Upon his retirement, Rep. Van Taylor read a proclamation formally recognizing Vance in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a Nov. 27 statement from the Sheriff’s Office, colleagues described Vance as a good and valued friend and leader who always set the right example for others to follow.
“We appreciated Mike for his endless kindness, his courage and his faith in God,” the statement read. “Mike was a solid lawman who earned the respect of all that worked with and for him over his long and distinguished career at the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. He will be truly missed.”
A desire to continue serving the community led him to seek the Precinct 1 Constable position which serves the cities of Melissa, Anna, Fairview, McKinney, and Westminster as well as portions of Weston and New Hope. He ran unopposed as a Republican on a platform of “honestly, integrity, and hard work.”
"Constable-Elect Vance served our community faithfully and honorably for over 30 years," Collin County Judge Chris Hill said in a social media post announcing Vance’s death. "He spent his career protecting the families in our community, and we are grateful for his life of service. I am personally thankful that I had the opportunity to know Mike as a friend and colleague at Collin County. He will be greatly missed.”
County Commissioners are expected to name an interim replacement for Vance at a yet-to-be-determined date. The chosen person will hold the office for two years until the Nov. 2022 special election that will coincide with that year’s general election. The winner of that race will then serve the balance of what would have been Vance’s four-year term.
Posted online on December 02, 2020