January 20, 2016
Column by Nelson Thibodeaux
This is my opinion and just that an opinion….
On January 5, 2016, after multiple efforts to obtain information via Open Records requests only to be met with; “No Responsive Documents” answers on the majority of requests, as a Citizen of Colleyville, per the City Charter, I finally filed a potential Conflict of Interest Complaint LNO Cover Sheet Complaint. (Hit the Back Arrow to Return to this page)
At the Council “Pre-Council” meeting the issue was brought up for discussion. The City Attorney’s opinion was the complaint was baseless and besides the statues call for a complaint to be filed within 15 days of the event AND the Comprehensive Plan was voted on December 15, 2015; therefore the Conflict Complaint was file 5 days late, so the council could just reject out of hand.
Concerning the Comprehensive Plan, the City Attorney stated; “Everybody in Colleyville was affected and the City Manager was not affected any more or any less.” Yes, I will agree with the City Attorney everyone in Colleyville was or will be affected. EXCEPT, that ignored the first paragraph of the complaint concerning the City Manager’s obtaining of investment properties in Colleyville.
What appeared to be obviously “pre-orchestrated,” the Mayor ask the City Manager if she would agree to an “Independent Investigation?” To which Jennifer Fadden, City Manager stated she has always been ethical and of course would agree to this type of investigation. Conversation was held by the City Attorney with the Mayor and the Mayor concluded and got a consensus that “outside counsel” would be hired.
However, the focus on the Comprehensive Plan is a “red herring,” because any reasonable person can ascertain the real question is about the property FIRST; then a decision can be determined about further Conflict of Interests including the seemingly lock step postures of the City Manager and Mayor David Kelly, on the provisions found in the Plan.
In addition, I further clarified my concern about a targeted investigation, with additional correspondence sent to the City Secretary, City Manager and all Council Members in order to focus on the major issue at hand. This was faxed to the City Secretary around 10 am, January 20, 2016:Complaint Clarified. (Hit the Back Arrow to Return to this page)
I spoke during Citizen Comments last evening, see the video on top by clicking on the image.