Councilwoman Responds to Allegations of City Charter Violation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/18/07

Councilwoman Responds to Allegations of City Charter Violation

At an afternoon news conference, Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon made the following statement regarding the appointment of her husband, Porfirio, to the Citizen's Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Committee.

"At last week's City Council meeting, I appointed my husband, Porfirio, to the Citizen's Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Committee. The committee was created to conform with new state laws governing the use of automated traffic signal enforcement.

I appointed Porfirio because of his experience and knowledge of traffic enforcement laws. He was a valued member of the Lubbock Police Department for 28 years and a majority of his service was in the traffic patrol division. Neither I, nor Porfirio, stand to gain anything from his appointment to this volunteer committee. State law nepotism provisions apply only to paid positions, and this position is not compensated.

However, concerns have arisen within the media regarding City Charter guidelines about appointments of family members. The Charter provision is broader than the state law, and there is some question as to its application.

Therefore, after discussing the issue with Porfirio, and in order to avoid any questions about this appointment, he has decided to decline the appointment. We believe this is the right thing to do and is in the best interest of the community. A new appointment will be made during next week's City Council meeting."

NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson will bring you the complete details tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Five, Six and Ten.

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