DeWitt said that he was asking that more experienced investigators look at the statements and not Constables Abel Suniga and Gabriel Aleman, who were appointed during last Monday’s meeting.
Commissioners will meet this coming Monday at 9 a.m. inside the commissioners courtroom.
The two statements, stemming from incidents in 2003 and 2009, accuse DeWitt of using derogatorily racial terms.
The first of these 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 Commissioner Susan Stasny for the Precinct 2 commissioner seat.
DeWitt won the election.
Stasny had asked County Judge David Silva to review the matter as a “confidential personnel” matter. Silva referred it to County Attorney Mike Knight.
According to a letter written by Stasny to the first complainant, “Mr. Knight told Judge Silva that this is a matter better handled as a letter to the editor.”
Stasny said she wanted someone from outside the court to investigate the truthfulness of the statements made by both people.
“I think there are about three issues involved here,” Stasny said during the meeting. “I believe the court is looking for the investigators to determine the validity of the sworn statements claiming comments of racial prejudice that were made by, they allege were made by, the community affairs (director)... while executing the official duties of the job,” Stasny said during the meeting.
“There are some other issues that maybe the court can handle — whether he exceeded the authority of his job description or if he violated personnel policy.”
DeWitt also has asked that the interviews be “recorded, transcribed and signed to ensure future verification of information and statements.”
Also during last Monday’s meeting, commissioners:
• Approved the relocation of the Treviño monument to a better location at Veterans Square.
• Declared May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month.
• Approved the recommendation of a proposal to purchase a portable building to be utilized as the Bee Community Action Agency’s Refugio Head Start Center.