Judge Matt Hayes was sworn in as Justice of the Peace on January 1, 2011. He is currently in his second term on the bench. He serves as the Administrative Judge for the Tarrant County Justices of the Peace. As such, Judge Hayes oversees and coordinates all administrative matters for the Justice Courts, from developing and promulgating Local Rules of Court and on-line forms to ensuring that the Justice of the Peace portion of the Tarrant County website remains current. He also is an instructor for the Justice Court Clerks training with the Texas Justice Court Training Center, helping to ensure that Justice Court clerks around the state receive training in their job responsibilities. The Justice Court Judges Association has inducted him into the College of Justice Court Judges.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hayes opened and ran his own business devoted to keeping drugs and alcohol off school campuses. He served over 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of Captain. Judge Hayes has a background in International Manufacturing Management, working for companies such as Mobil and Van Leer. In his younger years he was awarded his Eagle Scout Badge.
Judge Hayes graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1987 with an MBA in Management (High Honors), from the University of Houston in 1980 with a BBA in Finance (cum laude), from San Jacinto College in 1979 with an Associate of Arts in Science and from Saint Thomas High School in 1975.
Helping young people stay in school and earn their diplomas has become a passion for Judge Hayes. Some of his most prized possessions are letters of gratitude from hundreds of students whose lives he has impacted for the better.
In 1978, Judge Hayes married his wife, Brenda. They make their home in Mansfield. They have four children of their own plus several more they have fostered over the years.
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