City of Fairfield

Wed
19
Dec

Four hours for 23 minutes

Fairfield Police Sgt. David Utsey has been named interim police chief as of Tuesday, Dec. 11, at $30 per hour and city council members approved the placing of a formal ad to replace retired police chief Kenny Bulger. There were three items on the new business agenda for the council Tuesday night, yet two of them were removed from the agenda because the individuals referencing these items were unavailable at the time of the meeting.

The third item was a discussion and possible action on a report from Contract Service Innovations LLC regarding the final report on the internal audit of the Fairfield Police Department. Mike Alexander with Contract Service Innovations LLC requested this item.

Wed
19
Dec

Numerous problems reported in FPD

 

Troubling information has been brought to light after a five month investigation into the Fairfield Police Department showed issues with the municipal court and a lack of leadership, among other problems. The audit began in July after former Fairfield police officer Natalie Wilson filed a report in May against recently retired Chief Kenny Bulger citing a “hostile work environment.”

Bulger was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Kenny Hughes before returning to his post in July.

Wed
05
Dec

Lawsuits, pleas continue between cities

In case No. CV18334, the City of Fairfield (CoF) filed a plea to the jurisdiction against a lawsuit filed against them by the City of Teague (CoT) back on Sept. 18, which was scheduled to be heard Wednesday, Nov. 28. However, the attorney for the CoT requested a continuance of the case Monday, Nov. 26.

Freestone County's 77th District Court Judge Patrick H. Simmons ruled in favor of the continuance for the CoT and will be heard on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

Wed
05
Dec

End of an era as chief retires

Kenny Bulger sits in his near-empty office at the Fairfield Police Department on his official last day, Friday, Nov. 30.
Photo by April Walker

Police Chief Kenny Bulger ended an 11-year career with the Fairfield Police Department last week. The career lawman had been with the department since Sept. 1, 2007, when he retired from service with the Department of Public Safety as a state trooper.

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Wed
31
Oct

Plans begin for disc golf

Standing at right are Pastor Andrew Weitner and professional disc golfer Casey Wright. The two presented their disc golf plans to the city last week.
Photo by April Walker

Councilmembers gave the go-ahead to a group of local men wanting to design a disc golf course at the city park. Mayor Kenny Hughes told the group to plan the course and bring the design back for council approval at the next meeting.

Andrew Weitner, pastor of New Life Church in Fairfield, and business partner Casey Wright – who also happens to be a professional disc golfer – plan to build a tournament ready 18-hole disc golf course.

The duo explained there are four courses of nine holes or less within 45 minutes of Fairfield, but their dream is to design one that will draw competitions – and, ultimately, revenue – to Fairfield.

Thu
25
Oct

Joint meeting held, no action taken

Pictured are both Fairfield (right) and Teague (left) city councils at Thursday night's meeting to discuss the impending lawsuit filed by the City of Teague against the City of Fairfield. Heading the discussion meeting were Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes and Teague Mayor James Monks. The meeting was held at Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards.
Photo by Shelly Pope

Both Fairfield and Teague city councils met in a joint council meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Tri-County Golf Club. This meeting was designed to open dialog between the two cities regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Department (TDCJ) Boyd Unit and the Interlocal Definitive Agreement (IDA) signed by the two parties.

"We agreed to take part in a group discussion," Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes said. "We believe there have been some misunderstandings but we are in the process of litigation and I'm not sure what we can discuss openly."

Wed
17
Oct

Cities plan to meet

The Fairfield and Teague city councils will meet in a joint public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Tri-County Country Club to discuss pending litigation.

Fairfield city council met Tuesday, Oct. 9 to hear from city department heads.

Public Works Director Clyde Woods reported on issues regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Boyd Unit water and wastewater facility over the holiday weekend.

Wed
26
Sep

James W. (Jim) Kellum

Jim Kellum

James W. (Jim) Kellum

May 26, 1934

September 18, 2018

Wed
26
Sep

Teague, Fairfield lawsuit update

The City of Teague, represented by the municipal law firm of Messer, Rockefeller & Fort PLLC, filed a lawsuit against the City of Fairfield Tuesday, Sept. 18 as well as a temporary restraining order against the Fairfield City Council meeting that was to take place that same evening.

This lawsuit has been filed in the District Court of Freestone County 87th Judicial District to be heard by District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans.

This suit spells out breaches in a 1990 facilities agreement and 1992 Interlocal Definitive Agreement (IDA) between the cities and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Thu
20
Sep

CoT suing CoF

Messer, Rockefeller and Fort, PLLC, on behalf of the City of Teague, will file a lawsuit in Freestone County district court against the City of Fairfield for breaches of an interlocal agreement and facilities agreement between the cities regarding management of funds from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and for declaratory and injunctive relief.

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