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Goliad County Judge calls off investigation of elected officials
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GOLIAD – Goliad County Judge David Bowman said Friday that no wrongdoing was found in the investigation of Goliad County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Kreneck.

Bowman launched an investigation of possible irregularities concerning Kreneck’s alteration of four employees’ timesheets on July 5.

“I visited with the proper authorities and they said what was done was inappropriate, but not illegal,” Bowman said.

Bowman also said earlier in the week that there were other “irregularities” by other elected officials in the county he ordered to be investigation. Bowman said Friday that those investigations will not take place.

According to Goliad County timesheet activity logs obtained by the Advance-Guard, Kreneck originally had four county workers performing roadwork on July 4, which was a federal holiday. The records show Kreneck changed the date of the work performed from July 4 to July 5.

Ronald Bailey, who is facing Kreneck in a runoff for the Precinct 3 County Commissioner position on July 31, said he viewed the four employees - David Matula, Robert McGinnis, John Powell, and Dennis Weise - performing the work near his residence on July 4.

“A lot of people took offense to them working that day, it being July 4th,” Bailey said.

Kreneck said he altered the timesheets upon the requests of the employees. Kreneck said they wanted that Thursday (July 5) off to have a four-day weekend.

“The men approached me on the third (of July) and wanted to work the fourth and take the fifth off because we work four 10-hour days,” Kreneck said Wednesday.

Kreneck said he had never altered timesheets in the past.

“We’ve never done that before and I didn’t ask anyone,” Kreneck said.

Bowman said he reported the alleged timesheet alterations and other possible improprieties to an investigative agency Tuesday.

“I am aware of that that has taken place,” Bowman said Wednesday morning. “There has been that along with other irregularities that I have become aware of. I thought they needed some additional investigation. The documentation that I have has been turned over to the proper authorities for their investigation.”

Bowman would not identify the entity handling the investigation. He said the other alleged irregularities being investigated were not confined to Precinct 3.

“More than one elected official is being investigated,” Bowman said.

Kreneck said the whole ordeal was politically motivated.

“It’s politics as usual in Goliad,” Kreneck said.
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