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Meet Judge Cary

Judge Cary at the bench

Judge Cary at the bench

Judge Cary and family at the 2017 Run with the Heroes.

Judge Cary and family at the 2017 Run with the Heroes.

Judge Cary with the Marbridge Special Olympics Team at UT Arlington

Judge Cary with the Marbridge Special Olympics Team at UT Arlington


Starting at the Austin police department in 1982 as a patrol officer, Judge Scott Cary’s career includes more than a decade as a detective. As a sergeant, he supervised SWAT, the bomb squad and patrol squads, and was named one of the department's Employees of the Years three times.

As a Justice of the Peace since 2009, Judge Cary has earned the respect of colleagues around the state and the citizens of Hays County. 

A Buda resident for 32 years, Judge Cary lives with his wife, Merry, a retired teacher at Buda Elementary.  


With a career that spans over 40 years in public service and law enforcement, Judge Cary has spent a lifetime building community partnerships. Judge Cary has been a proven leader in the Austin Police Department, at Hays County, as well as through service organizations like Marbridge and the Special Olympics. 


A Career in Service

University of Texas Police
Police Officer
1975 - 1980

Austin Police Department
Police Officer
Senior Police Officer
Sergeant Investigator
Senior Sergeant
1982 - 2009

Hays County Justice of the Peace
Appointed 2009
Elected 2010 and 2014



Proven Qualifications

Judge Cary has studied at Ranger Junior College, Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University), San Jacinto Junior College, St. Edwards University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Virginia. 

He is also a graduate of the 190th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.


A Community Leader

  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT)
  • Austin Police Association
  • Amigos En Azul
  • Austin Runner's Club
  • APD Running Team
  • Buda Lions Club
  • Buda Chamber of Commerce
  • Justice Court Judge's Association of Texas
  • YMCA of Austin 

Recognized by Peers

Austin Police Department Employee of the Year (3 times)

Marbridge Foundation Volunteer of the Year (2010)

Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2012)

YMCA of Austin Gerald T. Olson Distinguished Service Award (2013)

Distinguished Member of the Justice Court Judge's College (2011 - 2017)


What others say


Austin Apartment Association
Austin Police Association PAC
Austin Police Retired Officers Association
Buda Professional Firefighter’s Association
Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
Fraternal Order of Police, Hill Country Lodge #23
Hays County Law Enforcement Association
Hays County Womens Political Caucus

As a former DA and a practicing attorney for decades, I’ve worked with a lot of judges, from capital murder cases to traffic court. Scott Cary is the real deal, a public servant dedicated to his job and a credit to the justice system. We need more Scott Carys on the bench. I’m pleased to endorse Scott Cary for Justice of the Peace.
— Sherri Tibbe, Former Hays County District Attorney
Scott Cary is a fair, smart leader. That’s why I appointed him as Justice of the Peace in 2009, and why I still support him today.
— Jeff Barton, Former Hays County Commissioner
I have known Scott Cary for many years and have always been impressed with his dedication to our community. He does a great job as our local Justice of the Peace and without reservation I recommend him to you for your support.
— Judge Lamont Ramage, Former Hays County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5
The capacity for empathy Judge Cary built throughout his long and distinguished law enforcement career, and his deep understanding of the issues that impact the safety and security of the community he serves, makes him uniquely qualified to sit on the bench.
— Art Acevedo, Former Chief of the Austin Police Department
It is my honor to endorse retired Austin Police Sergeant Scott Cary. For nearly ten years, while serving as Austin Police Chief, I worked with Scott. In 1998 Sergeant Scott Cary and members of the SWAT Unit, after an incredible year of handling numerous complex and dangerous SWAT calls were recognized and given the ‘Meritorious Unit Award.’ Additionally, Scott was awarded a 20 year honorable conduct award. Scott was a leader at the Austin Police Department. You will not find a more professional, effective, and honorable person as Scott Cary. I urge you to support his re-election.
— Stan Knee, Former Chief of the Austin Police Department
As Chairman of the Austin Police Association’s Political Action Committee, I am proud to announce the PAC’s endorsement for Scott Cary. Judge Cary is well known to the Austin Police Association and brings a great deal of experience dealing with issues facing the Justice of the Peace as a former robbery/homicide detective, patrol and SWAT supervisor, and the first full time peer support sergeant in the Austin Police Department. He embodies the servant style of leadership in his professional and personal life.

I was fortunate to have worked for Scott Cary on his patrol shift. He continually impressed me as a person of high integrity, intellectual competence, and a genuine caring personality. He is a true family man.
— Commander Donald Baker, Austin Police Department
Scott Cary is an asset to the State of Texas. In my years of doing community events, Scott is in the Hall of Fame for best in class, selfless work.
— Paul Carrozza, St. Stephens Track Coach and Founder of RunTex
Scott Cary has been an instrumental volunteer for the Hays Communities YMCA. During Scott’s 9+ years of volunteer service he has served as Chairman of the Board and has been a driving force in expanding our facility to include an indoor basketball gym. Judge Cary’s passion for serving the youth in Hays County is unmatched and his dedication to ensuring that the YMCA meets the community needs is unwavering. I am deeply appreciative of Scott’s service and the YMCA is honored to have him as a volunteer!
— Brett Kiester, Hays Communities YMCA
Judge Cary’s selfless dedication to public service as JP has been a tremendous asset for our community. He is a person of strong integrity who truly cares for the well-being of all of his constituents. He deserves our sincere appreciation and our votes for re-election!
— Donna Haschke, Hays County Democratic Party Chair
I have known Scott Cary for more than 25 years. During all of this time Scott and Merry have devoted thousands of hours to charitable events and civic organizations. Scott was one of the most respected police officers and supervisors at APD and that respect extends to this day as a J.P. He has dedicated his life to public service and I would hope the voters will re-elect him.
— Ron DeLord, Special Council CLEAT

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