Points names new police chief, again
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSA press release Tuesday was the first hint that something else was
brewing in Seven Points.
The press release said the city of Seven Points was announcing the resignation
of Police Chief Jack Nelson.
Mayor John Joe Dobbs added his personal thanks for Nelsons service and
police chief Jack Nelson re-retires midst allegations of sexual harrassment.
Curt Koger named Nelsons replacement as police chief.
Dobbs hired Nelson, soon after firing former police chief Brad McConahay in July.
The reason given in the statement for Nelsons resignation was that he wanted to
Dobbs announced Reserve Officer Curt Koger as Nelsons successor.
The press release stated Koger has 27 years in law enforcement. He was the assistant chief
and later chief of the Tarrant County Hospital District from October, 2004, through
Nelsons resignation was tainted with claims that he made sexual and racial slurs to
a female officer.
A call to Dobbs seeking comment was not returned.
In the press release Dobbs stated he is confident Koger will lead the department in a
favorable direction, with the goal of being more community-minded.
Nelson had started a Citizens Police Academy with that purpose in mind, wanting more
citizens taking an active part in controlling crime and drug-related problems in Kemp.
The first class graduation took place Oct. 19 at the VFW hall.
Other Seven Points officers have had their own set of troubles.
Officer Raymond Wennerstrom was placed on administrative paid leave Nov. 1 for reasons
that have not been officially revealed. He remains on a 21-day leave, pending an
Officer Wayne Nutt is also on paid administrative leave, and recently hired officer Jason
Perini was fired by Nelson before Nelsons resignation.
A Seven Points reserve officer, Walter Clifton, reportedly is conducting the internal
The citizens of Seven Points are critically watching the events taking place at city hall.
In addition to the police departments problems, the city itself has been almost at a
standstill since May. The Nov. 9 regular scheduled council meeting passed with nothing
A 30-day injunction that should have bound both the mayor and all five council members to
holding meetings, taking no personnel actions and signing checks for city bills apparently
has been ignored.
The city continues to have no council meetings, no checks are being countersigned and the
recent firings are without council approval.
Two council members, Claudette Allsup and Tommy Taylor, have appeared at meetings, but
the missing three mayor pro tem Hank Laywell and council members Cheryl
Jones and Jeremy Bubba Powell have chosen to boycott most called
meetings since the May city election.
Citizens attempted to get the Henderson County Commissioners to call a special election to
replace vacant seats (citizens claimed the seats held by Laywell, Powell and
Jones should be declared vacant because they did not attend meetings), but the
commissioners have not taken any actions, on the advice of county attorney Clint Davis.
Davis pointed out ongoing litigation involving the city council when recommending to the
commissioners that they table the election request.
The Secretary of States office says there is a policy allowing citizens to seek
court action to call an election, but they interpret that policy to mean at least a
district court, not the county commissioners court.
Attorneys for the group believed a commissioners court request was sufficient, Davis
Former city judge pleads guilty to lie
Monica Corker waives rights to appeal; faces sentencing soon
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLERFormer Seven Points municipal judge Monica Lynn Corker, 48, pled guilty
Wednesday to a charge that she intentionally made a false statement to an FBI agent.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Thursday that she also waived her rights to an
indictment by a federal grand jury and an appeal before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith
Sentencing is expected in several months in Judge Michael Schneiders courtroom. She
faces up to five years in federal prison for the felony charge.
On Sept. 17, 2009, the FBI asked Corker about whether she had deleted any information from
the municipal computer system concerning criminal misdemeanor investigations.
Corker said she only deleted duplicate records.
The Telegraph reported that according to court documents, she is charged with knowingly
tampering with the city of Seven Points computer server database, which was part of
the FBI probe, with the intent to influence the investigation and administration of a
matter under FBI oversight.
The plea agreement is the result of a continuing investigation by state and federal
agencies into corruption of public offices in Seven Points.
The investigation has named Corker, city council members Jeremy Bubba Powell
and former mayor Gerald Taylor for abuse of official capacity for cashing two-party checks
through the court funds.
Council member Tommy Taylor (no relation) was also indicted last week by a Henderson
County grand jury for receiving housecleaning services at his residence by a community
worker in lieu of payment of a traffic fine.
East Cedar Creek closes Trinidad raw water
Monitor Staff Reports
TRINIDADAfter approximately two years of staying the course, both the City of
Trinidad and East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District have successfully come to an
agreement on the purchase of wholesale water with the states approval.
The two parties have worked with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and
the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) to pave the way for the city to sell raw water
to ECCFWSD, utility general manager Bill Goheen said in a press release.
Tarrant Regional approved the withdrawal of raw water awarded to the city when Cedar Creek
Lake impeded the natural watershed which existed prior to the lake impoundment. Creation
of the reservoir altered the natural drainage terrain to Trinidad, Goheen explained.
Trinidads engineer, Mike Tibbets of Hayter Engineering, was instrumental in
assisting the city in achieving approved changes from TCEQ to its existing Certificate of
Adjudication of water rights dating back to Sept. 4, 1986.
This approved change allows the city to sell a portion of its allocation as wholesale
water, benefitting the city with another revenue source it didnt have previously.
The contract allows ECCFWSD to purchase 288 million gallons of additional raw water a year
at a negotiated price 10 percent cheaper per 1,000 gallons than it currently pays to
Tarrant Regional Water District.
A progressive percentage increase will take place over the next three years and for the
remainder of the 50-year contract, the utility will pay a flat 75 percent of what Tarrant
Regional charges, saving the district 25 percent over current raw water costs.
The estimated savings is in excess of $50,000 annually, once the contract enters its fifth
An estimated savings totaling $4 million by the end of the contract in 2060 is