County Judge Jenkins Says He Alone Ousted Homeland Security Director Lisa Chambers

lisachambers.jpg
Lisa Chambers is due to speak to the Irving Republican Women's Club next month at an IHOP on LBJ.
When Lisa Chambers was hired in June 2010 to become Dallas County's new Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, John Wiley Price had nothing but the nicest things to say about the former intelligence officer: "She's got the kind of background that says she can handle the job," he told The Dallas Morning News. "She seems like she's up to the task -- at least on paper. She's quite impressive." And Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was especially tickled more recently that Chambers managed to get the county in on the Dallas Mavericks's victory parade. Every thing seemed so hunky and so dory. Then, suddenly, it wasn't.

Chambers, who once told D she appeared on David Letterman's talk show during her brief career as a would-be stand-up comic, was fired yesterday. Per Kevin Krause, she was escorted out by security and treated "very shabbily." But why? Krause hints that it could have something to do with those satellites for which the county way overpaid because equity ain't cheap. (Neither is storage, which, apparently, is why John Wiley Price has 'em under lock and key.) Chambers, Krause notes, had made it abundantly clear: She was ... displeased, let's say, with that particular purchase. Very unwise. Though, very Wai-Wize.

But moments ago, Dallas County spokesperson Maria Arita sent to media a missive from Jenkins in which he takes responsibility for axing Chambers -- something to do with "performance issues," though he's not more specific. He also goes out of his way to say that "I did not consult with any Commissioner on my decision nor share my decision with any of them prior to her termination."

Scott Greeson, who was an emergency management planner under Chambers, is the temporary director while a nationwide search for Chambers's replacement takes place. Jump for the full statement.

Update: Jack Fink at KTVT-Channel 11 talked to Chambers, who says her firing may have had to do with the fact she wouldn't sweep the home of Dapheny Fain for surveillance devices following the FBI's raid on her home in June. Fain, of course, is John Wiley Price's assistant. She told county administrator Darryl Martin via email: "This isn't the right thing to do if you were under FBI investigation, and you want to have your house sweeped, google 1-800-house sweep."
Dallas County relieves Director of Homeland Security of her duties, effective immediately

Dallas, TX - County Judge Clay Jenkins has made the determination to remove Lisa Chambers from her post as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). Judge Jenkins said the dismissal is effective immediately and added, "As the elected official in charge of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Dallas County, I have a duty to put the safety of the people of this County first.

I made the decision to terminate Ms. Chamber's employment relationship with Dallas County as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and appoint Scott Greeson as interim director.

The decision was made after interviews with HSEM staff, a review of County records and other information surrounding performance issues. Meetings have been had with Ms. Chambers since July but the situation did not improve.

The decision was mine alone. I did not consult with any Commissioner on my decision nor share my decision with any of them prior to her termination. Scott Greeson is currently the Director of Planning for Dallas County HSEM. He will continue in that capacity as well as serve as Interim Director."

A nationwide search for a permanent replacement is being undertaken.
My Voice Nation Help
35 comments
diamond guide
diamond guide

We have been getting many new users lately who don't seem to know the finer points of our rules. 

DallasObserved
DallasObserved

I'm afraid this will be the end of Jenkins as well.  The hatchet man for JWP still...after everything that has gone on. JWP must have tapes or documents that scare jenkins...he can't be that much of a dolt.

Flim/Flam
Flim/Flam

Or, is the real story that Zach  Thompson wants the Emergency Management function all to DHHS and his puppeteer is orchestrating that arrangement??

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

...and, oh, by the way, John Wiley Price DID NOT TELL ME TO DO THIS.

OK? Good, moving along...

mightcan
mightcan

Did he break his leg on the way to the firing?

Paul
Paul

Oh H - E - double toothpicks ...

let's just get it over with and just make JWP the Duke of Dallas County.

If we are going to have a corrupt government, let's just do it and get over with it.

A private citizen whose home has been searched by the FBI is now demanding that the head of security for Dallas County sweep her home for bugs is beyond the pale of corruption and hypocrisy.

What is so wrong with this picture that those involved do not see the errors of their ways?

Remember folks, election day is around the corner and we can take care of this ourselves.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Its another fine example of JWP pulling the strings when it comes to county business, like he did w/ Bruce Sherbet and appointing one of his "long time friends" into the job. Heres hoping JWP, Fain, Willis and the rest of their cadre is taken down by the FBI and all serve don hill time in the federal system..

GiveDallasaBreak
GiveDallasaBreak

Chambers is pretty good looking.  Considering Jenkins' fondness for attractive female staff members, she really must have done something bad for him to dismiss her.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

What we had was a bit of public theater played out here today/yesterday.

I am sure we all believe the we understand the the way the AT WILL thing about the thing in Texas employment law works.I don't and I don't claim to.What I do understand is the best thing an employer can /should say when someone is headed to the parking lot is NOTHING !That and escorting someone (the Over all Chief of County Security ) out of the building is not a good public relations gesture.Given the nature of this bunch the suspicions are raised or in some cases just confirmed about the COURT rather than the person being removed in such a way from the building.

In an employment environment  where you can tell some one to go away just because you want them to go away this last thing the employer needs to do is throw a quickly  cobbled together press release out there that may or may not be proven or disproved using ones own paperwork and meeting notes.Doing things ( Showing someone the door )as it relates to the deal that was made where they were hired. Is more important that having some kind of statement that can double as a magnified text a reporter reads it like a sound bite.

There are reasons employment matters are kept confidential (1) Is to keep from the company or employers representatives  from shooting their selves in their own feet.

From insider who might expose the truth to disgruntled former employee in a day.We are so screwed If the dismissal  paper work wasn't done correctly .

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Shorter Clay Jenkins = Respect My Authority!I would start derisively referring to JWP & Clay Jenkins as "The Satellite Boys" but that would be insensitive.  I hope this termination does not put the Ferris Wheel in harm's way.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

No way in hell, Jenkins did not discuss this with Price and likely Garcia.Jenkins being in charge of Homeland Security is a scary situation for Dallas County.That Ferris wheel vote speaks volumes about Commissioners Court.

Chicago styling
Chicago styling

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they bothOh yes, they bothOh yes, they both reached for The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,Oh yes, they both reached for the gunfor the gun.Understandable. understandableYes, it's perfectly understandableComprehensible. ComprehensibleNot a bit reprehensibleIt's so defensible!

oakcliffgirl
oakcliffgirl

Bet she has more than ever now to tell the FBI.

Ed
Ed

Does the Dallas County Homeland Security Director direct anything?  Think it's kinda like the County Fire Marshall not having a real job. And "Dallas County Schools Superintendent"  not having any schools. And the Health Department director with coat and tie personally installing donated window air conditions in front of television cameras.  A bunch of Dallas county government is a joke.

Mike
Mike

Why would he make a point about not getting instructions if he had not? Did Judges Jackson or Keliher put out info about not consulting when they made personnel changes? I really do not understand why Jenkins cares what Commissioner Price's opinion on this type of matter is. He is the Judge.

Another Dallas County WTF
Another Dallas County WTF

Maybe the ousting is Dem politics (like with the Elections Commish), maybe not.  But in this age of austerity I'd ask why the hell do we need an HSEM office anyway.  If the county did need it, why would it not be a function of the high sheriff?  (rhetorical question).  I've also wondered why someone with Chambers' resume would take a gig with county government.  If she had such a stellar career with the CIA, I doubt she'd consider taking a job in such a dysfunctional crap-hole.  

NealK
NealK

"I did not consult with any Commissioner on my decision nor share my decision with any of them prior to her termination."

Jenkins is parsing words here.  He didn't rule out that a commissioner came to him and told him to get rid of her or that he discussed/shared his decision with an intermediary.

On the other hand, Jenkins is so bone-achingly stupid that maybe this is just sloppy writing.  Or maybe he didn't write the statement himself (if he had, it would have been in crayon).

Gehrig Saldana
Gehrig Saldana

Let's hope Lisa Chambers consults with her attorney if she feels she was wrongly terminated from her employment and her professional credibility was harmed by said termination. Most important, I strongly urge Lisa Chamber to immediately contact the FBI if she has information relating to corruption at Dallas County. Dallas County is nothing short of a huge embarrassment in the eyes of Dallas County taxpayer voters these days.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Jenkins is a puppet wacko!  Just what the county needs in a leadership position.  How soon can we get rid of this dud?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

If John Wiley Price TOLD Jenkins to get rid of her because she might facilitate the ongoing FBI investigation, then Jenkins could truthfully say that he did not CONSULT with Price.

I'm just sayin...

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Why are theses phonies giving good hard-working people who have done nothing wrong the middle finger for not being phonies?

a guy
a guy

smoking hawt.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Kind of reminds me of the story about the Mayor of Philadelphia from a couple years ago.He had the cops do a sweep of his office because he feared that his political rival had bugged his office. Turns out he was right. They found a bug that was tracked back to a rival but they also found a bug that tracked back to state investigators and another that led to the FBI. Could Dallas County really be trying to best Philadelphia as the most corrupt local government in the country? In this town we only like champions, LET’S GO FOR #1.  

Gabe
Gabe

Dysfunctional crap-hole or dysfunctional white-hole?

Mike
Mike

Why would anyone nationally come here for a $69K job when you get fired without severance for not doing favors, possibly illegal, for a commissioner's girlfriend?

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

I would say that any organization needs an Emergency Management group.  Tacking it into the "Homeland Security" picture is a little iffy, but just following the general trend.  Having a dedicated, organized group who plans disaster relief and emergency management is just good practice.

Granted, the county might never need it.  But better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I agree, I'm not sure our "intelligence agencies" have much of either--intelligence, or an appreciation of who they are supposed to be agents for, the American people, or the war contractors.  Further, most of our intelligence officials are incapable of assessing the threat that we face, as they are so separate from those they are to be watching.  It's not wonder Hoover thought people were hiding skeletons, just very few have the kind of fucked up skeletons they do.  Some of us oppose gov't's excesses and speak against them.  Other kill and sew discord in the name of security and stability.  Our intelligence agencies are causing more threats than they are solving.

None of this may have any relevance in this particular case, I'm sure not impressed with Jenkins, JWP or any of them.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

She did not know what Dallas County had become.If she did how could she take the job.

Paul
Paul

Next election.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

but you do have to admire how when Jenkins speaks GWP's lips don't move.

Paul
Paul

Well, at least it was the mayor's office and not his personal residence ....

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I am sure that the next candidate for the job will think long and hard about the questions you have posed.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...