Dallas County's Now Light 28 Deputy Constables Who Just Wouldn't Do Their Jobs
Photos by Patrick Michels
First, an apology: Patrick's all out of good photos of Maurine Dickey, Clay Jenkins and John Wiley Price at that very first media what-for during which the unholy trinity acknowledged that mistakes had been made and that many Dallas County deputy constables had lied about serving papers to, among others, people in danger of being evicted. So before we leave this story, which appears to be winding down but by no means wrapped, here's one last look. Now then, down to business.
Last we looked, three dozen deputy constables were on paid vacation, per County Judge Clay Jenkins's request, following the results of that internal audit. As of today, according to county spokesperson Maria Arita, the number of constables who "remain in their positions pending further investigation" is down to eight. The county won't say anything about them "as they will have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, given due process as the investigation concludes," per Arita.
(The county actually hasn't said much in public about the case since that May 13 press conference; most of its info has come via memos sent simultaneously to county employees and media members.)
The others deputies are no longer employed by the county: Sixteen were fired, she says, while nine others resigned and three retired. Says Arita, "The Commissioners Court continues to be vigilant. Commissioners Court now confirms that we have given all relevant documentation on implicated deputy constables to the Civil D.A.'s office for them to give to the Constables for their final decisions."
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