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Video- You Can Lie On Your Job Application and Be a Supervisor at Glen Rose, Texas-The Mayor and 2 Councilmen say so!
 


26 August 2010 at 8:11:12 PM
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C'mon folks, you need a job? Have a criminal record that you don't want anyone to know about? Glen Rose will happily take you and, if you're caught lying on the app, don't worry because nothing will happen to you!

More seriously. Here is the video of Glen Rose Town Council, after an executive session on August 26, 2010, voting to let Dwain *Moose* Whitfield, keep his job. Barbara Mitchell had recused herself, of course, because she is his mother. Bob Stricklin and Sue Oldenberg voted to fire him, and Chris Bryant and Johnny Martin voted to keep him on. Because there was a tie vote, Mayor Pam Miller voted and weighed in with Bryant and Martin.

I do think they will move (or have moved) Whitfield into a different position in the city, while allowing him to keep his job as a supervisor. UPDATE: He has no different position, he is still supervisor of streets and parks, but not the manager of Oakdale Park, as Cindy King was. Not clear at this point who the temporary manager is. I have also been told that Mr Whitfield continues to spend time at Oakdale Park; probably since nothing really changed after this executive session, having a man who pled guilty to indecent exposure spending time in Oakdale Park seems insignificant to those in charge.

What do YOU think? Weigh in.

P.S. Just to put a fine point on this. REGARDLESS OF HIS OTHER DEFERRED ADJUDICATIONS OR PLEADING GUILTY TO INDECENT EXPOSURE, he LIED on his job application. In that one very narrow arena, he lied after he was CONVICTED of "Theft by Check".  From the Glen Rose Reporter.

On the job application the city asked all applicants to check a “Yes” or “No”
box in answer to the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime in the
last seven (7) years?” The box on Whitfield’s employment application was
checked “No” even though he was convicted eight months earlier, on Nov.
24, 2004, for theft of property by check.
According to the judgment and sentence handed down by Tarrant County
County Criminal Court No. 6 in that case, Whitfield served eight days in the
Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth.

So, even if you excuse or overlook ALL THE OTHER offenses, in late 2004 he served time after conviction. THAT WAS NOT DEFERRED ADJUDICATION. And then when did he go apply at the City of Glen Rose? In 2005.

Update: I got a copy of a generic job application from the City of Glen Rose  and am posting part of it here. It's not the entire thing, just the first and last page. Here's from the first page where one checks yes or no about being convicted of a crime for the past 7 years.

And then, from the last page, Look at the first paragraph at the top-

P.S. Although the context of this next video clip is about a discussion of alcohol at Oakdale Park, the idea holds true for this situation as well. Johnny Martin says that you want to be able to drop your kids off at Oakdale for a couple of hours and then come by and pick them up, knowing they're safe, so he is not for alcohol at Oakdale. But he's for leaving your kids at Oakdale for a couple of hours where the maintenance supervisor pled guilty to indecent exposure? Why?

P.P.S. Someone made an anonymous comment that basically, even though Dwain Whitfield lied on his job application, he's doing a good job now. So does that make it okay?

What organizations should not do is keep an employee who has falsified a resumé just because he or she has done a good job, said Jeffrey Seglin, a professor at Emerson College in Boston and author of "The Right Thing," a weekly syndicated ethics column. He cited Zarella, who forfeited a $1.1 million bonus but kept his job.

"That sends a terrible message to employees. It says, if you bring us value, we're willing to overlook dishonest behavior. So is it then OK to use company equipment for personal use? Cheat on travel expenses? Take credit for work others have done?" he said.


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1 - humanbeing   26 Aug 2010 @ 9:13:27 PM 

I think that those who voted to allow him to keep his job are basically assuaging their own guilt and ducking responsibility for the city not following proper procedure in their hiring practices.

There's nothing wrong with a person who has a record applying for a job. Everyone deserves another chance and for all I know, Mr. Whitfield may be completely rehabilitated. But he lied on his application. Whether others within the city government knew about his record remains unclear. My guess is Mr. Whitfield's problems were no secret. Regardless, he was placed in a position at Oakdale that was not appropriate for someone with his history. This was a time-bomb waiting to happen. Unfortunately, repairing the damage from something like this is a lot more difficult than if the city had managed it properly in the first place.

In my opinion the only choice for the council was to fire Mr. Whitfield immediately and move on to making the improvements in governing that we are all waiting for.


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2 - glenrosefan   26 Aug 2010 @ 9:57:31 PM 

It's a real shame that the council did not do the right thing, I guess this city council has decided that it is OK to hire someone with moral issues and stealing by writing bad checks.  Funny isn't it the council thinks the best candidate at Oakdale is to have someone who mastrabates in front of teenages working at the city pool.  Then the city thinks that it is also all right to have someone handle the city's money (at Oakdale) who has been convicted of writing bad checks.  I think that is called stealing.

What do you have to say for yourself Chris B, Johnny M. and mayor miller?



3 - humanbeing   26 Aug 2010 @ 10:10:54 PM 

I think the city has opened a real can of worms here. First of all, by not properly vetting Mr. Whitfield, it has opened the door for painful scrutiny for him and his family as well as being accomplice to a potentially damaging situation that might result in a lawsuit.

It has also sent a message that the city does not abide by its own rules and begs the question about firing in the future. Cindy King was fired and we don't know why. Is there any documentation supporting the firing of Mrs. King? Will there be an official reprimand included in Mr. Whitfield's personnel folder?


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4 - dukesplace   27 Aug 2010 @ 8:16:46 AM 

The city council has now sustained a liability that can and will be used against them. The newspaper article was a heads up for the community and the elected officials. It was ignored. There is something known as risk management. The city council decided to ignore the risk. In many cities, this would not have been the end result. Now, the city has assumed future liability for  any future actions by this employee without mitigating the situation. This was completely avoidable. Where did the city attorney   or the city's risk (insurance) carrier come down on this. They may have to defend any action related to this decision in the future.



5 - Craig Dodson   27 Aug 2010 @ 8:56:14 AM 

Do the citizens really know what the action against Mr. Whitfield was.  The Council never disclosed what the violation Whitfield committed and what they would be discussing concerning his termination.  They never even made it clear why a motion was made to terminate Whitfield.  We (the citizens) are assuming it was either his criminal history or false claims on his application.  I think the City needs to address this issue and clarify what the action was against Whitfield.  As dukesplace stated, this is going to be a large liability and risk management issue for the city and open the door to other employees to slide through the system or file law suits against the city.   The Mayor needs to answer to the issues at hand or be recalled from office.



6 - GR resident/guest   27 Aug 2010 @ 9:33:34 AM 

Only In Glen Rose!!!!  It's all about taking care of the "family/friends" of those elected folks and not for the betterment of the city/county/school/etc.  Whatever happened to doing the "right thing over the popular thing". It is interesting on how many of the city employees are related to each other or to elected officials. Neptism leads to more problems than it serves.  Its time Glen Rose cleans itself up and attempt to match the "polished great place to live" image that is often protrayed to others in place of the corruption that we try to hide from visitors and potential new residents and current taxpayers.  Our kids will not be going back to Oak Dale until this mess is cleaned up for good and what a shame since there is not much for kids to do in Glen Rose. What a poor example of leadership for our kids and community.



7 - anonalso   27 Aug 2010 @ 9:50:12 AM 

some of you are missing the point. not just anyone with a record they are hiding can be hired. you have to be related to someone with some pull and/or friends in the City fo Glen Rose proper.



8 - salon   27 Aug 2010 @ 11:27:49 AM 

@ GR Resident- I am disturbed that Oakdale is even open at this point since it has not passed inspection and has no certificate of occupancy. Seems like there's some general hope that if they can just sort of keep it open to make some money that it will be okay to wink at the fact anyone else wouldn't be able to open a place of business without passing inspections. Sadly, the above confirms that the City of Glen Rose indeed has a double standard-one for them and one for residents and business owners. If you haven't seen what was posted about the road issue on Waterfall Drive off Paluxy, I invite you to read and watch this-another example of poor administration, flouting contracts, avoiding taking care of violations and misrepresenting a problem.


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9 - glenrosefan   27 Aug 2010 @ 3:47:01 PM 

Citizens of Glen Rose UNITE and let's change the status quo in this town.  There may not be anything legally wrong with having friends/family serving together  but, there is a moral issue going on here.  Apparently it is not who you are in this town but rather who you know and how you are related in this town.

The council wants to attract retirees to our community, do you really think that they will want to come and if they do will they stay?  The good-old-boy network must end, we can no longer look away when the city has unethical and immoral people running and working for this city.

If you have an opportunity to sign a petition to remove the mayor and her cronies you must sign it.  When all the particulars on this petition are known it will be posted.

Get involved in the city, do not close your eyes to what is happening here.  SPEAK UP and make you VOICE be heard.



10 - GR resident/guest   27 Aug 2010 @ 8:18:34 PM 

I have read and listened to the info on Waterfall Road and I agree it is another example fo poor leadership and under the table taking care of favorites so typical of our current leaders. We have never understood why when someone in Glen Rose gets elected or in a position of authority --" they become above the law and do as they please" instead of working to insure a clean cut non-corrupt city or county or school that everyone can be proud of. We are so disappointed in Johnny Martin- we had hopes of his making a positive difference with the city council. Mrs. Mitchell needs to step aside from her position. Did these council members vote as a favor to her or in return of a favor??? Did she talk to them prior to the meeting about Moose needing a job, etc?? I would beat there are others around that need a job as well and they wouldn't lie on the application nor have they been arrested or pleaded guilty to various charges. Mother Mayor MIller has lost integrity. The good ole boy syndrome that runs rampant here may turn into the cancer that destroys this town. We hope not. Time for cleaning house and we hope there are some reasonable folks that will step forward and run/serve for these positions in the best interest of Glen Rose.



11 - chris bryant   31 Aug 2010 @ 10:23:55 AM 

Response to Craig,

                                    You know that I have no problems to answering fair questions and you always have a fair one. I leave my phone open to the public and I believe all Council should, My phone is open to you any time, I respect your concerns and fairness for both our City and the citizens.

I believe the citizens of the city should never be left in the dark, when it comes to official city business. I hear very little negative talk, I mostly read it. Some people will always choose to talk about the negative but I know the serious people, the ones who truley want the best for the city. Those people will approach me and state their concerns. Some people dont like the truth because they wont search for it. Call me, I look forward to speaking with you.

 



12 - salon   31 Aug 2010 @ 12:34:26 PM 

@Chris-We also here appreciate your responses to conversations in person, on the phone and in email. I agree with you that serious people will search for the truth.


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13 - chris bryant   1 Sep 2010 @ 8:30:25 AM 

Salon,

Thanks for that!  We may not always agree on things but I appreciate the way you come to me with your concerns. In my position, I know that I will at times- GET BASHED! 8)  but thats just how it is. I believe that the salon has complemented me more times than not, so I will take the good with the bad.

The one thing I want to add is to the anonymous writers.--- It is easy to speak your mind when you talk through a blanket. Opinions are personal and are more respected and taken more seriously when you stand behind your words and what you believe in. Some of us have no option, we look into a split crowd and speak our mind. On a good day,  it might be a majority that agrees but mostly not. Either way, there will always be a pat on the back followed by an ugly stare. I believe those who write anonymously know this to be true, other wise you would state your names.  And yes I have put myself in this position and my whole hearted expressions are expected by the public. I have learned to respect the difference of opinions of others. To judge or critisize is sometimes more than just a difference of opinion.



14 - salon   1 Sep 2010 @ 9:15:53 AM 

@Chris. Just a note about anonymous posters, the internet and direct complaints. I want to draw a distinction between anonymous speech here and what you may get from speaking directly (in whatever form) with a person. This country protects anonymous speech, to a large degree and I'm sure you remember that's true from the founding of this country, starting with Publius. From a Supreme Court 1995 decision

Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views...Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. ...It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation...at the hand of an intolerant society.

For various reasons, people may choose not to put their name to to a writing; maybe they're afraid of retaliation, or simply want to be express a viewpoint freely with no other personal information attached. We honor that in this country, within a few limits. For myself, I prefer to be anonymous on the internet, but in person and in daily life, not only don't try to hide that I"m connected with this site but quite often bring it up. (Plus anyone that goes to a meeting where I am there with a camera knows who I or hub am).

You and other government officials can often get a different point of view when reading comments that are posted anonymously that you might not get other ways. That's just how it is.And those opinions should be taken just as seriously as any you hear in person, or at least sifted through for possible truth. 

Now, on the second point- I do believe that if someone has something he or she would like to see changed, participatory democracy says that you contact and talk with the people in government. Sometimes that's the only way things can get done and, even if you don't get what you want, if you don't bring it up, for sure it may never change.

But being able to express opinions anonymously is just fine here, as long as there aren't  violations of comment rules. I believe those comments are also to be taken seriously and be respected, and not discounted simply because the commenter chooses to be anonymous.


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15 - humanbeing   1 Sep 2010 @ 10:09:44 AM 

For me, it's the opinion and/or perspective being offered publicly for discussion that's important, not the identity of the poster. Also, there is a certain privacy concern using one's name on the Internet.


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16 - chrisbryant   1 Sep 2010 @ 5:55:25 PM 

All,

I have also noticed some fairness in humanbeing but there has been postings from anonymous people that have been far from fair or the truth.

Thats it for now but I appreciate your responses and explanations. 



17 - pharper   1 Sep 2010 @ 6:13:31 PM 

You voted to keep someone who plead guilty to indecent exposure on as a supervisor over parks...because the resolution was not to give him a different job, the resolution was to fire him and it failed so the status quo remains. He still has the same title last I heard, how is that FAIR to the people that put their trust in the City of Glen Rose?


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18 - humanbeing   1 Sep 2010 @ 8:34:49 PM 

The point is, Chris, we depend on you and the council to make sure proper protocols are being followed. All communities have their problems and there will always be a variety of responses from a community to these problems.  Some call investigative reporting like the article from the Glen Rose Reporter that brought this to our attention, 'negativity'. I call it progress.

This episode can be beneficial if we make it so. This situation is really just an opportunity to make things better. We all want this.

The city of Glen Rose is going through growing pains. Mistakes have been made. No one is perfect. We're counting on the city to improve their operations and protocols, for everyone's benefit. We, the citizens, need this from you.


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19 - silenceisgolden   1 Sep 2010 @ 9:54:16 PM 

Everyone makes a good point here.  Now, if the city would have or did do a back ground check or if the employee that filled out his/her application would have been truthful we would not be where we are now. 

@ Chris  As for people coming to you and stating their concerns.  I have done this once in the past and you told me that you would look into it.  Well, as of today you have not.  Why?  Or do you not remember me asking you questions about the city employees driving around town not wearing seat belts (which by the way is a law)  or using city vehicles for personal use or having people in the vehicles that are not city employees.  Like I told you  at that time, a city employee had a wreck in a city vehicle with their child in the truck and at the next council meeting the council (at that time)  voted that no city vehicle was to be used for personal use, or have non-city employees in the vehicle. 

And since we are on the subject of the city how come the current employees do not fix the streets, replace water and sewer ines, or mow the grass at town hall like they used too. 


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20 - Anonymous   1 Sep 2010 @ 10:03:17 PM 

As a future Glen Rose resident - have recently bought a property in Glen Rose and will be building a very nice residence on that property and a parent with young children - all of this makes me think twice about the move. 

Why in the world would I ever turn my kids loose at a facility that has a known and convicted person in charge?  To know that the City knew about this in advance and still kept this person on and basically promoted him - seriously makes me have severe reservations about investing my time and finances in Glen Rose.

I own a long time and successful professional business in the DFW area and one of the very first things I do for anyone (whether I recruit them or they come to me) is do a criminal background check (as well as a credit check).  If either of these things have a blip on them - they're ineligible.  Why the City of Glen Rose would continue to have this individual on staff is sickening and reaches far outside of the small-town politics.  It's keeping people like me and my family from moving down there without trepidation.

Just fire the guy already - he lied on his application and he's plead guilty to serious crimes (plural).  Would any of the Glen Rose City Council members leave their kids/grandkids at Oakdale Park unattended for an entire day with this guy overseeing it?

There's your answer.........



21 - silenceisgolden   2 Sep 2010 @ 11:09:18 PM 

@ anonymous  I read what you wrote earlier in the evening and it has been bothering me.  What I mean is, what you've said has been on my mind.  I just would like to say one thing, don't let what has been going on with the city be the reason not to move here.  The town of Glen Rose and Somervell County is not a bad place to live.  They have their problems just like anyother city.  Not everyone who lives here is a bad person.  Everyone looks out for the other and anyone would do anything to help someone out.  Speaking for myself, I have a daughter who is a Senior  and I am really glad that she was raised here.  I am very proud of all the kids and people in this county.  So please don't let what is going on at the City discourage you in not moving here.  Yes, they are wrong in what they are doing but I hope and pray that they realize how bad it's gotten or will become.


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22 - salon   3 Sep 2010 @ 8:02:06 AM 

Adding to what silenceisgolden said. I specifically wanted to move to Glen Rose as well from another place in the metroplex that had gone from being a sleepy place in the boonies to being a crowded part of the metroplex. I love it, am one of those that don't want to change it to become like the city, but preserve the beauty and historic aspects that make it so charming. And of course the City of Glen Rose is not the only governmental entity here, it just happens to be one that, for some reason I can't fathom, seems to be mired in favoritism.Welcome to Glen Rose with those of us that also weren't just born here but chose to come here and want professional, accountable government.


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