RUSK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of "very serious allegations" made against Rusk's city manager at Thursday night's city council meeting, the town's leadership is asking for the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation.
A statement issued by the City of Rusk didn't go into any detail about what those allegations were.
"At our City Council meeting last Thursday evening, a former employee of the Rusk Police Department and a present member of the police department made very serious allegations against the city manager," the statement said. "The city council welcomes the input of any of its citizens concerning the operations of our municipal government, and we are very concerned about the comments and accusations that were made."
According to the press release, the Rusk is a home-rule city. The press release explained that the city's charter establishes a chain of command in which all city employees, including the members of the police department, are under the city manager's administrative supervision.
"The only exceptions are the city secretary, the city attorney, city secretary, and municipal judge, who are appointed by the mayor and city council," the press release stated. "The same is true for almost all cities in Texas having a population of 5,000 inhabitants or more."
The press release indicated that the members of the Rusk City Council believe it is "probably a good idea for an independent and unbiased law enforcement agency, such as the Texas Rangers, to investigate the accusations which have been made concerning the city manager." It also said they instructed the city attorney to contact the Cherokee County district attorney about requesting the Texas Rangers' help as well.
"In order to avoid any possibility of hindering the desired independent investigation, neither I nor any other City Council member will have any other response or comment on these issues at the present time," Mayor Angelina Raiborn said in the statement. "We hope to be able to issue additional statements in the future as matters progress."
Raiborn went on to urge the citizens of Rusk to be patient and "not rush to judgment until all of the relevant facts and circumstances are know." She also said in the statement that once the investigation has been completed, and the facts are known, the Rusk City Council will take any appropriate action necessary.