by Larry Landaker
It has been 7 weeks since PEC Board Vice President and Burnet County Judge James Oakley posted on his Facebook account a photo and accompanying statement from the San Antonio Police Department of an African-American murder suspect, with the comment, “Time for a tree and a rope.” A complaint committee of the Board of Directors was formed on November 30, 2016, to review the merits of a formal complaint filed by Director Cristi Clement regarding Director Oakley’s comment.
Seven weeks of secret meetings of the complaint committee ensued.The meetings were preceded by comments from numerous members and some PEC employees. At times these comments were emotional. No action or recommendations were made until today. Today the committee released a Report and Recommendation that will be considered by the full Board on January 17, 2017. The findings of the committee are reported here: