Mayor hiding public records, again
Dolcefino Consulting has filed a new criminal complaint late Monday afternoon against Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and once again it is about public records the Mayor is hiding from you.
“There is a disturbing pattern with this Mayor. We cannot allow public officials to ignore state law. It is time for the Harris County District Attorney to act,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
On November 1st, 2018, the Houston-based Investigative Media Firm sought cell phone records of the Mayor. The Mayor’s office released records from a city issued phone which shows virtually no use by the Mayor. The Mayor’s office claimed they were working on getting records on the Mayor’s personal cell phone that relate to city business, but the records were never provided.
Last year Dolcefino Consulting raised questions about the Mayor’s use of his old law firm email address to conduct city business. The City fought attempts to review those communications.
This is not the first criminal complaint the company has filed against the Mayor since he took office in 2016. The Harris County District Attorney asked the Galveston County DA’s office to investigate other allegations the Mayor was withholding email communications with Maya Ford. Emails we do have show Ford was complaining about alleged corruption in the City garbage department.
“The Texas Public Information Act is useless if the District Attorney doesn’t take transparency seriously, regardless of who the public official is,” says Dolcefino. “The Mayor’s use of personal phones and emails to try and shield public business is unacceptable. My company is forced to file this complaint to initiate a real investigation.”