There Sure Are a Lot Of Deputy Constables On Paid Administrative Leave As Of Today
|Photo by Patrick Michels|
|Piece No. 3, "Untitled," from Patrick's multipart series "The D'oh Faces of the Dallas County Commissioners Court"|
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?