There Sure Are a Lot Of Deputy Constables On Paid Administrative Leave As Of Today

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Photo by Patrick Michels
Piece No. 3, "Untitled," from Patrick's multipart series "The D'oh Faces of the Dallas County Commissioners Court"
When Dallas County Commissioners first fessed up that an internal audit revealed that some deputy constables lied about doing their jobs -- which is to say, delivering court docs and eviction notices when they did no such thing -- that number was somewhere 'round 25, give or take. But it's growing: According to Dallas County spokesperson Maria Arita, 34 deputy constables are on paid administrative leave at this very moment pending the conclusion of an investigation that rolls on, ever so quietly, behind closed doors at The Building Formerly Known as the Texas School Book Depository.

In her first missive following Saturday morning's closed-door meeting with constables at the county admin building, Arita says this afternoon that 34 are on paid leave following Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins's request made last week. And that number gets a little higher every day: "We have just received confirmation that there will be one more deputy constable placed on administrative leave as of tomorrow, bringing the total then to 35," says her email sent moments ago.

But that's hardly the end of it: By tomorrow, says Arita, four of the five county constables "will have made their assessments of the conduct of their deputy constables and, based on the information they have before them, placed those individuals on administrative leave with pay." But one constable hasn't checked in, according to Arita; "We are still waiting to hear from Constable Beth Villarreal, Precinct 5, as they complete their investigation." Tick tock, constable. Tick tock.

The commissioners, who say this ain't their fault, no way, will meet again behind closed doors tomorrow, after commissioners court wraps. More info may come after that. Anyone want to guess the final tally of deputies who'll get a paid vacation?

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Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

By the way, surprising that in the picture, JWP doesn't have his right hand in Jenkin's back manipulating him as he normally does.

Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

So they were not doing the job they were being paid to do so Dallas County is now telling them they can't do their jobs but are still paying them.  I guess this makes sense in Dallas - but not in any other sane reality. 

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Please, please, please in the tradition of the Don Hill #1 picture, make either this picture your "go to picture" for articles on the Dallas Co. Commission. Every time I look it, I start laughing.  Does anyone else think Clay Jenkins' forehead looks like a newly-plowed field?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im curious about this, and law enforcement types please answer, but why hasnt Dallas looked into combining the city/county level departments into a larger "metropolitan" police force, similar to what you would see in cities such as Las Vegas and Minneapolis. Id rather have all departments under one officiating body, as the commissioners court cant be trusted to handle up on law enforcement affairs...

I.M. Broke
I.M. Broke

Apparently, all of the constables have been on paid vacation....for a long time.

james
james

the commissioners aren't at fault for their employees trasgressions? where does the buck stop? paid adminstrative leave? criminals like them need to be in jail. along with their buck passing bosses. these dirtbags have arrest authority over us? we should citizens arrest them!

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

Most lawyers I know will not use constables if they have a choice. Often bad attitudes and very poor service combined with a constant request of political donations. Too many out giving tickets and not serving the process they should be.

ChuckE
ChuckE

I thought she was the Mutant Leader from Beneath the Planet of the Apes!?!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

 P.S.  Do you think the sour look on JWP's face is because he thought MD's robe was a little too klanish?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Maureen Dickey looks like she dressed for the end of the world on Saturday, and then just couldn't let go.

LL
LL

Thank you, thank you, thank you -- each of those photos has made me laugh out loud.  I hope this story doesn't die so that we will be able to see more of these gems.   

Sharon Boyd
Sharon Boyd

At least they weren't stealing/towing poor people's vehicles.  Why don't they have to log in served docs? 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Isn't the problem under investigation that these guys have basically been on leave with pay?What sort of punishment is it to make it official?

Gehrig
Gehrig

Whats with the white garb on Maurine Dickey? She better hope she does not spill any barbeque sauce on that white looking robe she is wearing.  

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Not the commissioners fault.  So when the county gets sued, they will put the various constables up for the bills, fines, and damages?  

BOOB
BOOB

PAID LEAVE?!!!!!!!!!! IF I DID NOT DO MY JOB NO PAY!!!! FIRE THEM ALL CONSTABLES ARE CROOKS ONLY WANT MONEY!!! 

Jd
Jd

Wonder what we would find if we had monitors on all county employees?

billy knows
billy knows

Sharon,its the same deputies lying that were towing cars when there was a traffic division,they got shifted over to serving civil papers when the division was disbanded. Do you really think the elected constables were out in the streets pulling people over and impounding the cars ? I know your smarter than that !

Rico
Rico

She was testing out her "what to wear to the rapture" outfit. 

balls connoisseur
balls connoisseur

As long as those monitors can't transmit the smell of feces which emit from their mouths i'd be okay with that.

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