Grayson Co. commissioner responds to alleged theft at county barn

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS -- Commissioner Jeff Whitmire inherited a difficult situation when he succeeded Johnny Waldrip as county commissioner for precinct one in January.

A county employee at the precinct one barn came forward after Whitmire took office, accusing two co-workers of stealing gas from the county.

"Taking gasoline and using it for their own personal use," Sheriff Keith Gary said.

The sheriff's office began investigating and the employees were fired.

The case was handed over to the district attorney's office Friday, where charges are expected to be filed in the coming days.

The dilemma for Whitmire is that employees might have known of the alleged gas theft for months before telling authorities.

"When I talked to other employees about, there were people who had possibly heard rumors about it, that type of thing, but they were concerned about their getting fired if they turned someone in," Whitmire said.

Whitmire brought that sentiment to his fellow commissioners this morning, with the goal of creating an anonymous tip line for county employees.

They decided to stick to the county's current online tip line, instead of creating a new phone hotline.

"What we've been doing is very, very successful," Gary said.

"We need to do everything we can to try to get people to stop these things before they get too far away," Whitmire said.

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