Rusk City Council requesting Texas Rangers investigation on City Manager

RUSK, Texas (KETK) - Last Thursday at a Rusk City Council meeting, heavy allegations were made against the city manager, Mike Murray, by a police officer and former police department administrator. After a special meeting, the council is instructing the City Attorney to request a Texas Rangers investigation on the City Manager.

One week later, the council held an executive session discussing further action. The session was called in at 5 p.m. and around 35 residents showed up to hear what will happen next. The city manager was not present at the meeting because he is on vacation. After four hours of deliberation, the mayor, Angela Raiborn, released this statement:

"The City of Rusk exists and operates as a home rule city and is governed by its charter, which the voting citizens of Rusk have approved and adopted. The charter of the City of Rusk establishes a chain of command under which all City employees, including the Police Department, are under the administrative supervision of the City Manager. The only exceptions are the City Secretary, City Attorney and Municipal Court Judge, who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The same is true for almost all cities in Texas having a population of 5,000 inhabitants or more.

At our City Council meeting last Thursday evening, a former employee of the Rusk Police Department and a present officer of the Police Department made very serious, accusations against the City Manager. 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 which were made. 

The City Council believes that is 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. Accordingly, we are instructing the city attorney to contact the District Attorney's Office to request that the Texas Rangers fully investigate these allegations. 

In order to avoid any possibility of hindering the desired independent investigations, neither I nor any other City Council member will have any other response or comment on these issues at the present time. We hope to be able to issue additional statements in the future as matters progress. 

In the meantime, we urge the citizens of Rusk be patient and not rush to judgment until all of the relevant facts and circumstances can be made known. We are confident the full truth will eventually become known and that the City Council will be able to take any appropriate action to best serve the interests of the citizens of Rusk."

 


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