Sally Hernandez for Travis County Sheriff – Above the law?

Joe Martinez, the Republican candidate for Travis County Sheriff raises some good points…

I like his no nonsense answers when asked a question, I like that he has experience in the military, law enforcement, AND business owner – I think that the first and third of those qualifications are sadly lacking in most public servants  – especially that pesky budget and financial management stuff.

I already believe that Sally Hernandez is simply not the most qualified person for the job, nor does she historically exercise what I think could be considered “common sense”. If you think otherwise, please read my post (with supporting official documents and/or where to find those documents on your own) and consider carefully the decision making skills that led this woman to lie about being taken in off of the streets as a 15 year old runaway, to marry a man 7 years her senior – when she was  a junior in high school and 17 years old, to marry 4 different men – one of them at least three different times (and one other time, according to the Travis County Clerks records, that would have made her a party to bigamy), and her current marriage, to a former Austin cop with a history of domestic abuse, child support evasion, and beating an illegal alien prisoner he was transporting (Go Sanctuary Sally!).  She makes campaign promises that sound like she is unclear as to what a sheriff may and may not do, but then that shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since she has been willfully and blatantly breaking the law as a Constable:

Rented Out Deputies to Other Municipalities
As Travis County Constable Pct. 3, Sally Hernandez contracted with
municipalities outside Travis County to serve arrest warrants in other
jurisdictions using Pct. 3 constables funded by Travis County taxpayer
resources. She also said she intended to extend the contracts to local law
firms to serve private lawsuits, which could have benefited many of the
attorneys who have helped to finance her political campaigns.

In 2013, this news item appeared in the Austin American Statesman. The first line is a link to the full article, since I am only including what I felt to be the snappiest comments.

 

Travis County May Be Subsidizing Constable Work For Out Of County Towns by  Tony Plohetski – American-Statesman Staff  (May 25, 2013)

When Travis County constables from two precincts head out several mornings a week in their recognizable cruisers, they might not always be working for the local taxpayers who pay their salaries….

Thanks to the Travis constables, cities such as Elgin in Bastrop County, Buda and Kyle in Hays County, and Luling and Lockhart in Caldwell County have collected $300,000 in fines since January…

…Yet the benefit to Travis County taxpayers, who this year will spend about $13 million on five constable offices, is much less clear. At the very least, the time the deputies work on behalf of other cities is time away from the jurisdictions that pay them to work locally. In some cases, deputies might travel an hour away from their districts to serve the outside warrants

…At Precinct 3, meanwhile, newly elected Constable Sally Hernandez said she is considering getting back into the outside warrant-serving business over fear of having her budget cut from the income loss.

Since January, she has signed new contracts with nearby Bee Cave and with Elgin — 45 miles east of her precinct headquarters.

Hernandez said she also has recently reached out to local law firms, asking them to send civil legal documents to her office to serve in another effort to market her precinct’s services…

While that may sound perhaps merely stupid, to take Travis County paid deputies and send them off to run errands for some other city or county, while supported by Travis County insurance, bonds, salary and  authority, it is in fact not legal.

The following is excerpts from the Texas Attorney General’s Office Opinion regarding the subletting of deputies by a Constable. Again, the first line is a link to the full statement, including case law and lots of extra commentary, because I liked these snippets the best.

Texas Atty General Opinion  “…a constable is clearly authorized to deploy regular and reserve deputy constables to preserve the peace within his or her jurisdiction…”

“…peace officers acting within the scope of their official duties may not receive compensation from third parties…”

A regular or reserve deputy constable may not perform official duties in exchange for any type of additional consideration from another governmental or private entity, including contribution to a deputy constables’ association, nor may a constable deploy regular or reserve deputy constables to perform official duties in exchange for any type of additional consideration.

 

Grr. I have saved the Commissioners Court Agendas authorizing payments to Travis County Constables…apparently on one of two other computers that I am not currently at.  I will find those and post them here asap.

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Sanctuary Sally’s Austin Police Officer Husband Beat An Illegal Alien While On Duty

 

How can Ms. I-Will-Protect-Illegal-Aliens say with a straight face that she will make Austin a safe harbor for those here by non-legal means, when 4 years into her marriage to CURRENT husband Doroteo “Ted” Salas Hernandez Jr., while she was an investigator for the Travis County District Attorney, Ted’s fellow officers accused him of beating Mr. Rosales so badly that the jail refused to allow the prisoner to be processed and sent him to receive medical attention?  

So Sally Hernandez is telling Travis County voters that she is going to make a difference, and help…who? Oh yes – the very people Ted Hernandez has terrorized and abused. Ted was arrested for family violence and then in the year he married Ms. Sally Irene Riedle Wooten Whitley Whitley Whitley Best Hernandez, Ted was arrested again, but for violating the protective order his victim (and former spouse, and mother of one of his children). A few years later, he does this…and all while “serving” as an Austin Police Officer.
CASTILLO VS CITY OF AUSTI
Filed Date
11/18/1997

THE LINK TO THE STORY:

http://amarillo.com/stories/2001/08/27/tex_ofbeating.shtml#.V9rfcDQ8LCS

 

Plain text cut and paste of article as it appears online:

Police officer accused of beating was fired before
Posted: Monday, August 27, 2001

The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) – A police officer accused by colleagues of beating a handcuffed prisoner last week was fired in 1997 after his arrest on charges of domestic violence and violating a protective order.

Austin officer Doroteo “Ted” Hernandez appealed his firing and was back in uniform six months after the criminal charges against him were dropped, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday.

According to disciplinary records the newspaper obtained, the civil service arbitrator who gave Hernandez his job back ordered the officer to seek counseling, visit a department psychologist and stay out of trouble.

According to the disciplinary records, San Marcos police arrested Hernandez at his home in January 1996 after receiving reports of a domestic dispute. Hernandez was charged with assault and family violence with bodily injury.

Hernandez was fired after he was arrested again in October 1996 on charges of repeatedly violating his now ex-wife’s restraining order against him.

Hernandez, 40, a six-year veteran, now faces accusations from other officers that he repeatedly struck a handcuffed but combative Fernando Rosales on Aug. 17 while trying to force the drunken driving suspect into the patrol car.

Rosales, who is from Monterrey, Mexico, was taken to Brackenridge Hospital with head and facial wounds.

 

From the district clerk’s online records (at https://www.traviscountytx.gov/district-clerk/online-case-information):

Cause Number D-1-GN-03-002984
Case Status CLOSED
Style ROSALES VS AUSTIN
Filed Date 8/15/2003
Hearing Date February 28, 2005 09:00 AM

DEFENDANT     JANE DOE                               SANDERS ROBIN

DEFENDANT     CITY OF AUSTIN                   SANDERS ROBIN

DEFENDANT     TOM OWENS
DEFENDANT     DANNY JOHNSON
                               BURNETT MICHAEL                              
                               LEONARD RAY

DEFENDANT      DOROTEO HERNANDEZ
DEFENDANT      AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                DOYLE JAMES D

PLAINTIFF          FERNANDO ROSALES

 

 

By the way – this law enforcement power couple has another fun item that kinda fits in here as well. Cause Number D-1-GN-97-012978; CASTILLO VS CITY OF AUSTIN; Filed 11/18/1997  (Search for it at https://www.traviscountytx.gov/district-clerk/online-case-information).  Ted was part of a group of APD officers who sued the city for “back pay” owed to bilingual officers.  I’m impressed that Ted had the time for work AND court appearances that year.

 

Cause Number  D-1-GN-97-012978
Case Status  CLOSED
Style  CASTILLO VS CITY OF AUSTIN
Filed Date  11/18/1997
Hearing Date  —
Attorney Type Full/Business Name First Name Middle Name Last Name
SMITH DAVID ALLAN DEFENDANT CITY OF AUSTIN
PLAINTIFF DEBBIE TREVINO
PLAINTIFF JOVITA LOPEZ
PLAINTIFF ERIC MORENO
PLAINTIFF JAMES CASTRO
PLAINTIFF CHRIS G VALLEJO
PLAINTIFF ADRIAN DURAN
PLAINTIFF GERARDO MOLINA
PLAINTIFF DOROTEO S HERNANDEZ
PLAINTIFF RAFAEL GUTIERREZ
PLAINTIFF LUIS DELGADO
PLAINTIFF GUSTAVO BARRERA
PLAINTIFF MARY ANN STONE
ADKINS D PHILLIP PLAINTIFF MICHAEL CASTILLO

 

COMING UP NEXT: LIES SALLY TELLS, TRUTHS SALLY AVOIDS – I’ll show you how in her own publicly released, very own approved statements, this unqualified and unethical pretender to the throne misleads you, the citizens and voters of Travis County.