Thomas Mitchell “Mitch” Shamburger is currently serving as the Metro Director for JCJ.  Judge Shamburger is the Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Smith County and has served as Justice of the Peace for 36 years.  

Judge Shamburger is a lifelong resident of Precinct 4, except for five years serving his country as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  In the Armed Forces Medical Program, he became a Licensed Nurse. 

With hundreds of hours of judicial education and experience, Judge Shamburger brings additional life experiences to the JCJ Board.  He has served as Winona Independent School Board Trustee, President of the Athletic Booster Club, and worked at one time or another in just about every club and organization in the area. He is vice-president of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, music leader at the Winona 1stUnited Methodist Church, and is a Past Master of Starr Lodge 118.

He is a graduate of Winona ISD, has an Associate Degree at Tyler Junior College, and holds a Bachelor Degree from The University of Texas at Tyler.   Education has always been a priority for Judge Shamburger.

Writing and “pickin” & “grinnin” is another priority of Judge Shamburger, as he has authored several books, including “Inquest: Living with the Dead.”  But if you hear guitar music and a harmonica, chances are, that “Judge Mitch” entertaining the crowd.  He always welcomes anyone to join him. 

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Fae Oliver, and has three children, Noah, Lena, and Amy; two grandkids, Abby and Jacob; and 4 grand-dogs.

Judge Shamburger says Smith County and Tyler host a variety of industries from the oilfield to the Rose Capitol.  “The other metro counties go across the great state of Texas and each carry their own special niche, making Texas the Greatest State in the Union,” according to Judge Shamburger.