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Brownwood, TX

Brown County Sheriff's Dept Corruption

I suggest you get your facts and/or assumptions correct. I have made NO posts, claims or comments in this thread or the other threads that are ongoing. Let's get the record straight. Unlike you, if I have something to say I don't have a problem posting under my actual name. It's called integrity and accountability. FYI... the criminal investigation regarding West and others being conducted by the AG's office is "full steam ahead".  (Jun 6, 2013 | post #23)

Brownwood, TX

BISD, Trustee Eric Evans & Nepotism

Walker can't take the seat because Evans resigns so you are incorrect there. Not the way it works and not permitted under the Election Code. If there is an issue with Bryan Allen spell it out. I don't have the inclination or time to investigate something you allege that appears to be at your finger tips. I work for a living contrary to popular belief. If you have something credible I will look at it.  (Nov 13, 2012 | post #11)

Brownwood, TX

BISD, Trustee Eric Evans & Nepotism

I am not aligned with anybody pinhead. Note the board is calling a special meeting to redo their screw up from last night... swearing in members BEFORE the official election has been issued. I raised the issue with Blincoe this morning via email. they didn't even canvass the votes. It is the public's business on how the nepotism issues is resolved. Get an education before you speak.  (Nov 13, 2012 | post #9)

Brownwood, TX

BISD, Trustee Eric Evans & Nepotism

You are correct. She was not under a contract. It makes no difference, though. It was illegal and Evans knew it wasn't proper no matter who hired her, but took no action to remedy the situation until.... he was exposed. He threw her under the bus and sent her to the unemployment line. Some uncle just to keep a non-paying spot on the board.  (Nov 13, 2012 | post #7)

Brownwood, TX

BISD, Trustee Eric Evans & Nepotism

According to my source BISD admits that her hiring was a violation of the nepotism statute and today she is resigning her paid job. Of course, her uncle could resign his unpaid position to resolve the situation, but it appears he would rather toss her to the unemployment line. Go figure.  (Nov 12, 2012 | post #5)

Brownwood, TX

BISD, Trustee Eric Evans & Nepotism

Well... should be an interesting BISD board meeting come Monday night. Evans, who has been on the board since 2007 has a gigantic problem that is not going away. You can wrap up Blincoe and the entire board into this ill concocted scheme. Evans is scheduled to be sworn in for his second term on Monday. It was discovered on election night that the BISD hired Evan's niece as a teacher back in August. The board retains final hiring authority for a contract employees. The hiring violates the nepotism statutes and BISD board policy and was illegal. Her contract for employment is void. In fact there is a criminal penalty associated with the violation and it is considered official misconduct. The board votes on and approves all contract employees including teachers as per board policy. It appears Blincoe's excuse is all is legit because the principal hired her (but we are consulting our attorney). I'll bet the minutes will show the following... 1. The board never voted to give the principal any kind hiring authority whatsoever. They can only delegate that to the superintendent and have not done so except for non-contract at will employees. The Board retains final hiring authority for all contract employees. 2. The board never voted to hire the niece, but voted to hire all other teachers per the superintendent's recommendation. Nevertheless, the niece is on the payroll as a contract teacher and never approved by the board. This is just plain stupid. I expected better conduct. The law requires Evans be removed from office. Texas Attorney General Neoptism Laws Made Easy 2012... https://www.oag.st ate.tx.us/AG_Publi cations/pdfs/nepot ism_easy.pdf BISD Board Policy on Nepotism... http://pol.tasb.or g/Policy/Download/ 234?filename=DBE%2 8XHIBIT%29.pdf BISD Board Policy on Hiring... http://pol.tasb.or g/Policy/Download/ 234?filename=DC%28 LOCAL%29.pdf Texas Govt. Code on Nepotism... http://www.statute s.legis.state.tx.u s/Docs/GV/htm/GV.5 73.htm#573.001  (Nov 10, 2012 | post #1)

Brownwood, TX

Cooksey case is REVERSED & ACQUITTED!

If anyone believes the State "dropped the ball" or "didn't do their homework" then you certainly don't understand the issues or the court's opinion. The Court chose to provide relief on one point of error and that was the notice to the public was defective in that it did not state the nature of the emergency. The Texas Supreme Court has demanded exact and literal compliance with the Open Meetings Act for 25 plus years. "There is either formal consideration of a matter in compliance with the Open Meetings Act or an illegal meeting."... Acker (1990). The State's responsibility was to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the meeting was a lawfully closed meeting. They sponsored into evidence the emergency meeting notice... the ONLY evidence that could prove the meeting was a lawfully meeting because the notice complied with the law. What did Eastland say... 1. The governmental body must clearly identify the emergency or urgent public necessity in the notice. 2. The State was required to prove that the meeting was a lawful one. 3. The evidence presented by the State in this case shows that the emergency notice stated that there was an emergency, but it provided no explanation of what that emergency or urgent public necessity might be. The notice also stated that the commissioners would convene in executive session to discuss personnel matters and pending litigation. Discussing personnel matters and conferring with counsel about pending litigation are two of the exceptions to the general requirement that meetings be open; however, citing to the exceptions, without more, does not clearly identify an emergency. 4. We hold that this record contains NO PROBATIVE EVIDENCE of the “lawfully closed meeting” element of the offense and that a rational trier of fact could not have found the essential elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. 5. We reverse the judgment of the trial court and render a judgment of acquittal. From day one I claimed the notice was defective and Eastland agrees.  (Aug 15, 2012 | post #36)

Brownwood, TX

Cooksey case is REVERSED & ACQUITTED!

You need to take your bullshit somewhere else Steve. You want to hijack a thread... find another one.  (Aug 9, 2012 | post #9)

Brownwood, TX

Cooksey case is REVERSED & ACQUITTED!

Here is the opinion... http://www.11thcoa .courts.state.tx.u s/opinions/PDFOpin ion.asp?OpinionId= 10583 The State failed to prove that the meeting was a lawfully closed meeting... after throwing everything he could to prove otherwise.  (Aug 9, 2012 | post #7)

Brownwood, TX

Cooksey case is REVERSED & ACQUITTED!

Read all about it at 9am when the Eastland Court of Appeals releases their opinion written by Chief Justice Jim Wright. The Brown County political machine loses big time. http://www.11thcoa .courts.state.tx.u s/opinions/docket. asp?FullDate=20120 809  (Aug 9, 2012 | post #1)

Brownwood, TX

Where is the $25,000.00 check?

The shear ignorance and overall mentality in this thread is beyond compare. A couple of things, first I don't have the luxury or the time to monitor this thread and respond to every fruitcake (they're not just made at the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana) who makes a post and demands this or that. I actually work for a living and have been self-employed for many years contrary to the "fruitcakes ". Secondly, I don't post under a pseudonyms. I don't need to as I have no problem being held accountable for what I say. Third, I could careless whether anyone on here believes the black and white facts or not. The facts are what they are. I could post a video with me using a compass and capturing the "sun rising in the east" and there would be some of you, void of any mental capacity for the truth or rational thought, claim the sun does not rise in the east... the video is a fake. That's the shear ignorance and intellectual dishonesty many of you possess. I can't fix stupid similar to the claim by Florence that Adams plead guilty because he couldn't find some mysterious county document to prove up his innocence. What Adams was concerned about was that the AG prosecutors could PROVE UP beyond a reasonable doubt he did, in fact, commit theft... plain and simple. He plead guilty because he was guilty. Multiple times he took his truck and had it repaired at county expense and bought parts for his truck at county expense when he is provided a $650 a month allowance to provide, repair and maintain his own vehicle for official purposes. It wasn't just the personal bulldozer repair. See how ignorant Florence is? According to Florence, there had to be collusion by multiple people "out to get" Adams and they went into the grand jury and ALL GAVE FALSE TESTIMONY over 12+ hours. I can't fix stupid. Every commissioner and the county judge are guilty at a minimum of violating the county purchasing act in a consorted effort to circumvent the required competitive bid process. They were all a party to the conversation at the end of the commissioner's court meeting on May 14th when they approved cutting the check to the sealed bidder with the intent to buy from no one else but "their man". The bid notice was a ruse to make it appear they were complying with the law. They were not. Their clear and unmistakable intent was to purchase $68,000 worth of equipment. They split the purchase in an under the table deal that they public was not privy to, but got caught. We were getting screwed on $500 toilet seats when we could (and eventually did) buy the same thing for $50. Fact is we had already bought some of the same equipment in May and November 2011 and SWB cut the price appx. 18.75% off of the MSRP, but this go around the discount was only 9%. Under the DIR contract we bought the equipment 34% off the MSRP. Has the 25 grand been returned? I have no idea. Even, though, if it has it does not negate the clear intent and action by the commissioners to rig the bid and circumvent the law... an offense that can land one in jail for 6 months. West said in the May 30th meeting when the county built the law enforcement center 10 years ago they received 10 bids. That was a lie... they received 1 bid and one only. The local guy. That's what the minutes reflect. Keep believing the county judge. Keep getting suckered. He told me before the bid(s) were opened on the 24th of May "I promise you there's no hanky panky going on". Well, that proved to be a lie as well. You have the county government you have because that's what you deserve. When you fail to monitor YOUR BUSINESS you'll probably be short-changed in the end.  (Jul 1, 2012 | post #332)

Brownwood, TX

Where is the $25,000.00 check?

WHY do you think I am under any obligation to answer any of your questions. I do not answer to you. I could care less what you either do or do not believe. You have proved yourself up not to be interested in the facts or the truth. Capiche?  (Jun 28, 2012 | post #271)

Brownwood, TX

Where is the $25,000.00 check?

The tape recording of the executive session was in the PUBLIC DOMAIN long before I became aware of it. Your mouthy mantra is disingenuous and intellectuality dishonest considering the case is on appeal and you know that. Because it is on appeal I have not been finally convicted of anything... a concept that baffles your mind. Now... would you like to tell us about the hot check cases you had filed against you in Brown County? I didn't think so.  (Jun 28, 2012 | post #267)

Brownwood, TX

Where is the $25,000.00 check?

Day 22 and still no return of the taxpayer's $25,000.00.  (Jun 26, 2012 | post #250)

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