DeWitt investigation wrapping up Friday
by Jason Collins
Jun 16, 2010 | 1550 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss the accusations made by Bee County residents against Dennis DeWitt as the head of the community affairs department.

David Morgan, a former Texas Department of Public Safety officer, was appointed last month to investigate the allegations for commissioners that DeWitt made racially disparaging remarks when dealing with the people.

Morgan, emergency management director for Bee County, said during Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting, “I have gotten a good portion of the investigation completed — statements taken, transcribed and signed.”

“My intent is to have a copy of everything to the commissioners by Friday of this week.”

Stemming from incidents in 2003 and 2009, DeWitt is accused of using the derogatorily racial terms “Mexican” and “wetback.”

The first of these statements was written by a resident claiming that DeWitt referred to her as a “wetback” and a “Mexican.” The woman had gone to his office to get a septic system and electricity approved for her property.

The second accusation, filed by a man DeWitt said was operating an “illegal” landfill, accuses him of also using the term “Mexican” in a derogatory manner.

In both instances, DeWitt said that he didn’t use the racial slurs he is accused of using.

The matter came to light during the Republican primary runoff election that pitted DeWitt against incumbent Susan Stasny for the commissioner seat.

DeWitt won the election and does not have a Democratic opponent in November.

Commissioners asked Morgan to collect statements from the witnesses who say they heard DeWitt make the remarks.

On Monday, Morgan told the court that he expected to complete his investigation by Wednesday or Thursday and should have something to them by Friday.

County Judge David Silva asked, “Do you see anything that could change that?”

Morgan responded,

“Some of the things this depends on is getting the people in to sign their statements.

“As an example, one of the witnesses had a relative pass away and I was not able to get that person in this past week.”

Morgan was confident he would have his part completed this week so commissioners approved placing it on Monday’s agenda for discussion.

Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez said, “It seems like if we get the reports on Friday, we could look at them and have a meeting on Monday.”

“I say we need to bring this out to the front and put it behind us. I think that is what the public wants.

“I know that is what the public wants.”

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom.

In other business, commissioners also

• Approved the district attorney’s office applying for a Violence Against Women Grant, Assistance to Rural Law Enforcement Grant and permission to seek other grants to fund the office.

•Approved declaring $119,417 of old equipment owned by the Road and Bridge Department as surplus property.

• Accepted the resignation of Precinct 4 Constable Tom Brown.

Brown previously announced his decision to resign, saying that he was taking a position as a deputy in San Patricio County.
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June 17, 2010
This entire "investigation" is ridiculous and incredibly stupid. Why are we wasting the county's time and money to find out if someone called someone else a mean name? Even if Mr. Dewitt said was he is accused of saying, he didn't break any laws. If the citizens of this community believe that he is lying or an otherwise unworthy candidate they can fix that. It's called an election. End this now because it's pointless.