Our county leaders have chosen to shove this new jail down our throats by hook or by crook (er) pun intended. This thing has been choreographed by the sheriff and his deputies, along with the county commissioners and even the city fire Marshall.
Most of us know that we are the laughing stock of the Permian Basin, but we are attempting to fight one of the most corrupt governments in Texas.
A couple of weeks ago , the spokesman for the Texas Jail Commission was in town for a tour of our county jail. We just happened to have 2 women prisoners sitting in the floor (due to lack of jail space), even though we have been transferring female prisoners to other jails for years. (We do not have sufficient space for both male and female )
Yet the day of the inspection Sheriff Walker sent his deputies to Ft. Stockton to pick up one of these females at or around 4 am. After the inspection , she was returned to her previous cell in another county.
We had a murder trial for the killer of a local sports hero in August. A TDC prisoner was brought here to testify in the trial. August 22 , the jury found suspect guilty, and the district judge wrote a letter to the sheriff that the TDC prisoner could be returned to his paid for bed in TDC. This prisoner was returned to TDC on October 18, 2007 , one day after the inspection.
These are just a few of the incidents we are privy to, I have to wonder what else these guys have been up to.
It is rumored that at least one of these county commissioners is double dipping, drawing both his paycheck ($36,090 per Annam+$12,000 car allowance) and his county retirement (which any county commissioner is eligible for after 2 - 4 year terms). While ole Bob Bullock ruled in his great wisdom that this is legal for state employees ( ya know - like hiring retirees as consultants without benefits), I believe it is highly unethical for an elected official to be able to do this by refusing to accept 1 paycheck, while qualifying for his retirement. At least it should have been made public when he did it--- 12 years ago..
yep I said it 12 years ago
MAYBE WE SHOULD BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE PERMIAN BASIN------------------------------------SOUNDS LIKE WE DESERVE IT!!!!
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