Paramount Alarm's Foster to lead Dallas County
DALLAS--Jim Foster, chief executive officer of Paramount Alarm, a residential and commercial alarm company, has been elected Dallas County judge and will take office Jan. 2. The office presides over the Commissioners Court and is regarded as the most powerful office in Dallas County, Texas's second-largest county and one of the largest in the United States.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Foster, a Democrat, entered the race relatively late, and that his victory over incumbent Margaret Keliher was considered by political observers to be a surprise. His win was attributed by the DMN to a near universal victory by the Democratic Party in Dallas County because of voter disaffection with Republican office-holders.
Foster has reportedly identified Parkland Memorial Hospital, clean air, homeland security, the county jail, and making government more open to his constituents as his primary goals for his first term in office.
As a member of the board of directors for the North Texas Alarm Association, Foster has been active in the Texas alarm industry, serving as chair of the NTAA's Grievance Committee.