Public servant should know better says reader
Dear Constable Davis,
I would like to thank you for the good job you have done as a long time public servant for Precinct 2. Your service is appreciated by most of the residents in your area of responsibility.
With that said, I have noticed that you have been erecting signs in numerous places with your name printed on them. This is against Fort Bend county policy, as you should know. You don’t need an advantage in the name recognition department. As long as you continue to do a good job, we will continue to re-elect you. That is how it works and, as you should know, elected offices are always up for grabs at election time. You knew this going in and now you are degrading yourself by disregarding county policy.
I have been told that these signs have been paid for by private money. I have information these signs have been erected by public/county assets. Now some are being removed by county assets. This is a problem and you, as a law enforcement officer, should realize this disturbing fact.
I have been working, as time allows, to get an Attorney General’s opinion on this matter. We got one in 1996 regarding public servants putting their names on rolling stock and equipment and it determined this practice to be illegal. I would be willing to bet on what will be determined about all the self-serving signage posted in the public right of way by politicians using public funds and assets to do so. Name recognition is the whole game.
Constable Davis, you are better than this. You already have very good name recognition. To post a sign saying an area is patrolled by Precinct 2 and y’alls phone number is just fine. But no names are necessary.
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