Judge Scott Cary for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5

Judge Cary has served as the Precinct 5 Hays County Justice of Peace since February 10th, 2009.  At that time Hays County Commissioner Jeff Barton stated, “Scott Cary is a good choice, the right choice, I am proud to sponsor Scott Cary’s nomination to fill the vacant Precinct 5 JP bench.”  Since becoming a Justice of the Peace, Judge Cary has completed over 450 hours of judicial training and is a member of the prestigious College of Justice Court Judges.

Judge Scott Cary started his career in Law Enforcement as a University of Texas at Austin Police Department Police Officer in 1975. In 1981 he moved to the Austin Police Department.  At APD Scott served as a patrol officer, Robbery Detective, Homicide Detective, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Team Sergeant, Bomb Squad Sergeant and ended his career as the Austin PD Peer Support Sergeant.  In 1997 Sergeant Cary was selected to attend the twelve week very prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and graduated from the 190th session.  In 2004 Sergeant Cary was chosen to give the commencement address to the 109th APD graduating Cadet Class.  After 32 years as a Peace Officer, Sergeant Cary retired from APD to accept the appointment as the Hays County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5.

Judge Cary has been married to his wife Merridith for 41 years.  They have lived in their home in Precinct 5 just west of Buda since 1985.  Merry is a retired Hays CISD teacher.  Both of their daughters, Megan & Faith, started their education at Buda Elementary, and graduated from Hays High School. They love to spend time with their two grandchildren Berkley and James.  Scott and Merry love to travel and have set a goal of visiting every national park in the U.S.A.  They are both backpackers, walkers, hikers and bicyclers.

“The office of the Justice of the Peace was created by the Texas Constitution.  The duties of a Texas Justice of the Peace are widely varied.  As a JP I become involved with citizens of this county at some of the most sensitive times of their lives, whether sharing in the joy of a wedding ceremony, or the sadness of losing a loved one.  I magistrate prisoners at the Hays county jail, approve probable cause affidavits and set prisoner’s bonds.  I issue warrants for all Law Enforcement agencies in Hays County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  I am on call 24-7 to issue warrants, magistrate prisoners and respond to death inquests.  I preside over many different kinds of civil and criminal matters including death inquest, evictions, traffic court, administrative hearings, juvenile issues, debt claim cases and small claims court. I strive to be fair, follow the rule of law and see that justice is served in each and every matter I consider.  My court has the opportunity to be a positive influence on each person I come in contact with and I strive to do just that!”

-Judge Scott J. Cary


  • Runtex 30K Founder & Race Director, 1998 to 2005, over $90,000 raised for Hays High School Project Graduation
  • USA Track and Field Master Certified Official, 15+ years Texas Relays Volunteer
  • Member of the University of Texas Track and Field Official’s Association
  • Elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Manchaca
  • Special Olympics Certified Basketball Coach at Marbridge for 20+ years
  • Member of the Buda Lions Club
  • Member of the Buda Chamber of Commerce, on the original ambassador team
  • Member of the Justice of the Peace and Constable’s Association of Texas
  • Member of the Texas Justice Court Judge’s Association
  • Past board member of the Austin Police Association
  • Member of the Austin Police Retired Officer’s Association
  • Member of the Hays Communities YMCA Board of Managers, past board chair
  • Past member of the board of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
  • Founder, organizer and coach of the Austin Police Department Running Team
  • Past member of the Buda Mayor’s Fitness Council (appointed by Mayor Todd Ruge)
  • Past member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness (appointed by Governor Rick Perry)

Judge Cary’s AWARDS & HONORS

  • A.P.D. Life Saving Medal: 8/30/84
  • 100 Club Outstanding Police Service Award: 5/16/85
  • Special Olympics Torch Run Recognition Award: 9/6/89
  • A.P.D. Certificate of Merit Medal: 10/28/90
  • Certificate of Distinction: 3/19/91
  • A.P.D. Employee of the Year: 1992
  • Certificate of Distinction: 10/9/92
  • A.P.D. Community Service Medal: 3/5/93
  • City Manager’s Star of the City Award: 6/15/93
  • A.P.D. Employee of the Year: 1993
  • Austin City Council Recognition Certificate: 2/14/94
  • Certificate of Distinction Award: 9/27/94
  • City of Austin B.A.S.I.C.S. Award: 1994
  • A.P.D. Employee of the Year: 1994
  • Marbridge Foundation Special Olympics Coach Recognition Award: 1995
  • A.P.D. Civic Achievement Medal: 3/8/95
  • A.P.D. Community Service Medal: 10/26/95
  • Runner’s World Magazine Golden Shoe Award: 2/1/96
  • 100 Club Outstanding Achievement Award: 10/23/96
  • Special Olympics Torch Run Recognition Award: 5/22/97
  • F.B.I. Yellow Brick Fitness Challenge Award: 9/12/97
  • University of Virginia Certificate of Achievement: 9/12/97
  • Ten Year A.P.D. Honorable Conduct Medal: 1998
  • A.P.D. SWAT Team, Meritorious Unit Citation Medal: 9/15/98
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Austin City Council: 1/26/99
  • Knights of Columbus Bomb Squad Recognition Award: 5/15/99
  • Hays High School Project Graduation Appreciation Award: 5/21/99
  • A.P.D. Physical Fitness Top-Cop, 5 years in row gold star: 2001
  • Twenty Year A.P.D. Honorable Conduct Medal: 2002
  • Austin Rotary Clubs Service Above Self Award: 6/12/01
  • Hays ISD School Board Certificate of Recognition: 4/19/04
  • Hays High School Project Graduation Appreciation Award: 5/17/04
  • Austin Police Association Humanitarian Community Service Award: 10/23/04
  • Freescale Semi-Conductor Columbia Space Shuttle Award for Excellence: 2/12/05
  • A.P.D. Certificate of Merit Medal: 2/26/05
  • A.P.D. Leadership Achievement Award: 1/15/08
  • 100 Club of Central Texas Outstanding Volunteer Award: 5/6/08
  • A.P.D. Meritorious Career Award: 2/28/09
  • 2010 Marbridge Foundation Volunteer of the Year: 4/30/10
  • 2012 Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year: 2/18/12
  • YMCA of Austin Gerald T. Olson Distinguished Service Award: 5/16/13
  • Distinguished Member of the Justice Court Judge’s College: 2011-2017
  • Run With The Heroes 5K, Founder Award: 11/19/17