By BOB PALMER
Jefferson City Administrator Kevin Huckabee has filed a criminal complaint against Mayor Bubba Haggard and former alderman Richard Turner.
According to the offense report obtained from the Jefferson Police Department by the Jimplecute through a Texas Freedom of Information Act request, Huckabee accuses the two city leaders of bribery.
“I can’t comment anything right now on advice of counsel,” Haggard said.
“All I’ll say: it is bogus,” Turner said. “There is absolutely no truth to it.”
Huckabee’s complaint alleges Haggard told Huckabee “he would be appointing former Alderman Richard Turner to the Jefferson Economic Development Corporation Committee (JEDCO) at that night’s meeting.”
Huckabee complains the appointment came as the fulfillment of an election promise.
“Haggard further explained to Huckabee early in the mayor’s campaign Richard Turner informed Haggard that he would not be seeking re-election to his alder seat but would support Haggard in the Mayor’s election if he (Haggard) would appoint him as his JEDCO appointment,” the police report states.
“I outright supported Bubba from the very beginning, way before we even started discussing the issue of JEDCO,” Turner said Friday. “When I did speak to Bubba concerning JEDCO, all I said I would like to be considered for this appointment.”
Huckabee provided officer Jason Carroll with a written statement and a recording of a conversation between the city administrator and the mayor.
The oath of office for elected public officials requires them to swear that they have not promised any consideration in exchange for votes.
Bribery under the Texas Penal Code occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly offers, confers, or agrees to confer on another or solicits accepts or agrees to accept from another any benefit as consideration for the recipient’s vote.
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