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Shall we begin?
Does anyone remember the date February 22nd, 2013? I do. It is engrained in my thoughts as one of my fondest memories.
That was the day when duncanvillevoice.com broke the story about how the Suburban Newspaper had posted, on their web-site, the 16 page audit that Sandy Alexander of CA Forensics provided the then sitting Duncanville City Council and then Interim City Manager regarding the lawsuit against Monte & Rosa Anderson & MARA Inc.
Fact is, the 16 page audit was scheduled to be discussed in Executive Session that same night at the end of the Duncanville City Council meeting. Yet somehow, someway the audit, in its entirety, was posted previous to Executive Session ever happening that night at the council meeting. The other unmitigated fact of this story is that a Open Records request was formally made with the City of Duncanville by then publisher, David McKamie two days after the Suburban had published the documents online.
The critical question at the time was; “How did the Suburban publication acquire the documents prior to them being revealed in Duncanville City Council Executive Session?” There was much speculation on who was responsible, but it was left at that, speculation.
The council at the time which consisted of Deborah Hodge, Don Freeman, Stephen Jones, Leslie Thomas, Mark Cooks and Johnette Jameson never made the issue of the documents “magic appearance” public, or addressed the situation during a regularly scheduled council meeting .
All questions that were targeted at the council regarding an explanation went unanswered, and the citizens of Duncanville were ignored.
If names on the previous council seem familiar, four of the former are currently running for a seat back on the City Council.
Don Freeman District 1, Leslie Thomas District 3, Johnette Jameson District 5 and Stephen Jones At-Large.
I am sure some of you are asking, “how is this information relevant today?”
I have an answer, and the documentation.
The question of “whom” had access to the documents prior to executive session has been answered in sworn deposition dated March 19th 2014.
If you’d like to re-familiarize yourself, or if you’re new to the wacky world of Duncanville politics, click the links below to previous posts.
Suburban To Print CA Forensic Audit Report – 2/22/2013
Confidential Executive Session Information Illegally Shared – 2/26/2013
Now that you have caught yourself up, please download the PDF file provided for you below. It is the full transcript of the sworn testimony of previous Interim Duncanville City Manager Greg Contreras taken on March 19th 2014 regarding the Internal Investigation of the Duncanville City Council.
What you are looking for starts on page 59. I have highlighted items of interest. It is suggested that you inform yourself and read in its entirety. It will all be relevant to this years upcoming election.
Sworn Testimony Of Greg Contreras (PDF)
Now that you have read the sworn testimony, you now know who admitted responsibility for taking documents intended for executive session off of a printer and handing them to another former council-member. You’ve also learned that this issue was taken to the “then” Mayor and Council and how it was ignored and never revealed to the public.
In a recent article in the Daily Focus News Leslie Thomas stated her goals if elected; “Achieve transparency and adhere to the Texas Open Meetings Act.” Leslie Thomas was quoted as saying, ” When there is no discussion on issues it’s obvious that there is either a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, or a gross dereliction of duty.” Thomas says she will bring her “law background in municipal law” if elected.
Questions that should be asked of Leslie Thomas:
“Is it true that you knowingly and willingly removed confidential documents off of a city printer without permission, read said documents and hand them to Johnette Jameson, then council person for District 5?”
“And is it also true that this deliberate dereliction of duty and failure to follow the laws and guidelines of the Texas Open Meetings Act not presented to the citizens of Duncanville?”
“Did you also watch the video of said acts with Greg Contreras and the Marshal?”
If the answer resembles “I didn’t know what I was doing.”
A Juris Doctorate should know..
Ignorantia juris non excus,
but I digress…
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