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Morales files for re-election in Temple

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales, at the center of an investigation for possible violation of election laws and destruction of emails requested through the Public Information Act, filed Wednesday for re-election to the Temple City Council, City Secretary Lacy Borgeson said in a late afternoon email.

Morales might have been disqualified from running for the council in 2011, according to the Temple’s city charter.

Section 4.9 of the charter prohibits people with tax-funded income, such as a county job, from holding office.

Morales resigned from her Bell County position as director of the Temple HELP Center in October after that regulation was pointed out.

She also took a voluntary leave of absence from the council after reports of her seeking to delete county emails requested by the Temple Daily Telegram under the state open records law. The council held several executive sessions to discuss Morales’ standing but took no action in any regular sessions.

Mayor Danny Dunn filed for re-election along with District 3 representative Perry Cloud, Borgeson said.

The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

Although Morales has been accused of misusing Bell County resources, the statute of limitations for prosecuting some activities may have passed, according to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

“It depends on when some things were done,” Lt. Donnie Adams said Wednesday. “Investigators looked at all the facts, put them in order and gave them to Jim Nichols, county attorney.”

“Nichols has to look at all of it and determine if there was an offense committed and if that can be proven.”

Nichols also has to decide if Morales only violated county policies and procedures or if she violated laws, Adams said.

“Nichols only has one shot, and I know he wants to get it right,” he said.

The investigation results were given to Nichols on Feb. 11, Adams said.

As of Wednesday, Nichols had not given any indication as to whether or not criminal charges will be brought against Morales.

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  • Bagman posted at 11:29 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    Bagman Posts: 5

    BELTON — Temple mayor pro tem Judy Morales reportedly deleted emails and documents linking her to improper, and potentially illegal, campaign activities on HELP Center computers after an open records request was filed for access to her public email account, according to a complaint filed with Bell County.

    A seven-page statement filed by HELP Center employee Mari Paul, who voluntarily assisted Morales in her 2011 campaign for Temple City Council, included a transcript of a recorded phone conversation in which Morales reportedly said she “went ahead and deleted all this stuff. Whether it worked or not, I don’t know and I don’t care.”

    Morales then reportedly told Paul to scan her own HELP Center computer for “any fliers, any emails, any letter, you know, and the documents, pertaining to the campaign. (T)he campaign from Jan. 1, 2011, to May 31st 2011.”

    The Telegram had filed a request with Bell County for access to Morales’ emails from November 2010 to May 31, 2011, the day before.

    “If we can just look at that period of time — it’s the only time we’re looking for,” Morales said in the phone call transcript.

     
  • Bagman posted at 11:23 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    Bagman Posts: 5

    A youtube video was recently removed that showed Judy Morales calling a employee in her office to delete city files because of this investigation. This woman is a crook plan and simple.