Marfa Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Never Formed 9/11/13
CBS 7 News
September 11, 2013
MARFA-When the Presidio County Sheriff's Department took over after the closure of Marfa’s Police Department, an advisory committee was supposed to be formed, but four years later it still hasn’t been started.
After the arrest of a Marfa businessman for driving without an inspection sticker, questions came up about the committee and why it wasn’t formed in the first place.
"I don't know why we didn’t do it before, it just slipped through the cracks," said Marfa City Council Member David Beebee. "Now is the time to do it."
The four-person committee is part of the more than $100,000 a year contract with the sheriff's dept to provide law enforcement in the city. One citizen will sit on the committee--providing another forum for complaints.
"It's a way for us to provide checks and balances on law enforcement because in the past we had a problem with the Police Department,” Beebee said.
Beebee says the city is moving forward on the committee partly in response to the publicized incident last month after the local businessman asked city leaders for help with a grievance.
"It was a small incident, but it begged the question of what do you do when you have a problem with law enforcement?” Beebee said.
As for Marfans--feelings on the committee are mixed.
"I think it's a great idea to have more oversight,” said one Marfa man.
"It's politics at its best,” said a local restaurant owner.
The mayor tells CBS 7 the earliest the committee will be formed will be sometime in October, after the budget is approved. We did reach out to the Sheriff, but he was unable for comment at the time of broadcast.
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