In other news from the story, I found it odd that "The DA's office has given Fitzgerald and Cline until Aug. 18 to turn over the findings of their bribery investigation." Given that Fitzgerald had previously concealed this alleged crime, why give that much time before making them produce evidence? Why doesn't the District Attorney just get a search warrant and go look for herself, just like they'd do in the face of any other criminal allegation?
The majority of Bexar County's 10 court-at-law judges voted to terminate Chief Probation Officer Bill Fitzgerald three days before a public hearing on the department's proposed budget.
In Tuesday's secret ballot, six judges voted to not retain Fitzgerald, who is an at-will employee. Two voted to retain him, while two others abstained.
The vote, however, is not the final say in Fitzgerald's fate at the Bexar County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. The nine felony judges in the criminal district courts have not yet decided whether to retain Fitzgerald, and they had no immediate plans on whether to take a vote of confidence, officials said. ...
Fitzgerald, who earns $139,000 annually, was unaware of the vote before a reporter contacted him Tuesday.
“I'm shocked, but I still have confidence in myself and my abilities,” he said.
Looking back in the future, we'll probably see this last month as a key turning point for Fitzgerald. Between a slew of employee lawsuits, the launching of the DA's bribery investigation and a no-confidence vote by so many of the judges he serves, it's hard to see how this fellow lasts in that slot too much longer.
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