Lamar Co. Commissioners terminate Veterans Services Officer

LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Nearly 100 veterans, their wives and other Lamar County residents filled the second floor of the courthouse Monday morning, to hear the fate of the county's Veterans Service Officer, Rhonda Rogers.

Many vets spoke privately to commissioners, several of which spoke in favor of Rogers.

"She's been very helpful and done it at the most respect I've had of any veterans services office I've ever been to," said Army Veteran Harvey Johnson.

"I could of not made it without her," said Veteran wife Pamela Davis. "She walked me through the process, any concerns I had she was always accessible either by phone or in her office."

"In the dealings I've had with her, she's very good," said Veteran Bill Taylor. "She is well represented and is amongst the best that I've dealt with and know."

Two weeks ago, four veterans expressed their concerns about Rogers during an executive session, which ended with the commissioners unanimously asking for Rogers' to resign.

"They (complaining veterans) never came to me," said Rogers. "I had no idea, until I was called into court two weeks ago that there were any complaints. No one ever complained to me."

During that meeting Rogers verbally said she would resign, submitting her resignation letter by the next morning. She never submitted the letter, choosing to seek legal counsel.

After hearing accounts from dozens of vets Monday and discussing the matter for 30 minutes, commissioners came back into open session where County Judge Chuck Superville's motion to relieve Rogers of her duties immediately was unanimously approved.

"I make a motion to relieve the County Veterans Services Officer of her duties, immediately," said Superville.

Superville's motion was seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner Rodney Pollard.

I spoke with several vets off camera who said Rogers refused to help them and that she didn't seek out vets to help, they all declined interviews.

"No one has come to me with specific (complaints), I have read a few vague complaints in the paper," said Rogers.

Commissioners say they'll now start accepting applications for Rogers' replacement.


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