Potter County Road & Bridge Update

The Potter County Grand Jury Decided not to indict anyone involved in the Potter County Road and Bridge investigation.

47th District Attorney Randall Sims says a proper investigation was done by the Texas Rangers who took over the investigation from the Sheriff's Department.

They did this to avoid a conflict of interest.

The investigation started when some road and bridge employees were accused of using county equipment on private land in 2005.

Sims says that does violate Texas state law because they did not have permission from the commissioners court, however he says today's decision is final and no one will be criminally punished.

Sims says now that the case is over he hopes everyone can learn from this experience. "I would hope that this has set the stage for everyone to be aware of how critical accurate communication is in authorizing anything. "

Sheriff 's Dept. Accused of Harassment, RetaliationEmployees with the Potter County Road and Bridge Department say Sheriff's Deputies are harassing them about a job done more than a year and a half ago. They say between September 11 and 14th about seven workers were called in for questioning about a project. Roger Cumpston, Head of the...
Last Modified 10/09/2006 08:24:29 PM

Shumate Responds to Allegations
Potter County Sheriff Mike Shumate is defending his deputies after county employees claim they were harassed during an investigation into one of their projects. Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg breaks down both sides of the issue. The Texas Rangers have taken over an investigation into the...
Last Modified 10/09/2006 08:24:29 PM

Accused Employees Seek Outside Help
New details have surfaced in the investigation into a Potter County Department accused of using county equipment for private gain. Outside attorneys representing the Potter County Road and Bridge Department flew in from Austin to council the employees under investigation. Workers were...
Last Modified 12/01/2006 06:41:03 PM

Unpaid Bills in Road & Bridge Dispute
Potter County commissioners will continue to be represented by an outside law firm regarding an investigation with the Potter County Road and Bridge Department, but who pays the attorney bills is still up in the air. After hiring an Austin law firm nearly two months ago, Potter County...
Last Modified 12/04/2006 06:09:16 PM