Watch: Your questions answered about Precinct 2 constable turmoil

Dillion Collier recaps and answers questions about embattled Pct. 2 constable

SAN ANTONIO – For the past several months, Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela has been the subject of investigations by KSAT 12 Defenders

Now, the county is moving forward with their plan to replace the embattled constable after she triggered her automatic resignation through a state resign-to-run law. Barrientes Vela is challenging the county's plan, and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Viewers have submitted questions about the confusing constable controversy, and KSAT Defenders reporter Dillon Collier will be answering them in the video above.

Barrientes Vela's removal stems from comments Barrientes Vela made last week announcing her plans to run for Bexar County sheriff in 2020. She made the comments on camera to a KSAT 12 reporter as federal agents raided her county office.

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The state law is meant to prevent elected officials from declaring a run for another office if they have more than 13 months left in their current term. If they do so, they forfeit their current seat. Barrientes Vela has 15 months left in her term.

On Wednesday, Bexar County commissioners selected Leticia Vasquez, a 25-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office as Barrientes Vela's replacement.

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About the Authors:

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter.

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.