City of Fairfield

Wed
13
Feb

Election filings underway

Although the county has no election this year, city council and school board are gearing up for early voting in April as each have three seats open.

Up for council re-election are Place 3 Keith Daniels, Place 4 Landis Bayless, and Place 5 Jason Bosley. Although election packets have been picked up for city council, none were turned in by presstime Tuesday.

The deadline to apply for the election is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

FISD Interim Superintendent Tony Price reported three places up for election on the school board, for which one application has been submitted

Wed
13
Feb

Hughes reads to 3rd grade

Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes took time to pose with third graders after reading them a book last week.
Photo by April Walker

Mayor Kenny Hughes read to Fairfield third graders last Friday as part of the school’s mystery guest program. In honor of Black History Month, Hughes entertained students with a reading of As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson.

The story follows Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr. on their quest for civil rights for all people. Hughes explained the significance of Black History Month to students and discussed key figures named throughout the book.

During each reading, students are given a list

Wed
06
Feb

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
06
Feb

Council canceled

The Jan. 30 noon meeting of Fairfield City Council was canceled approximately 20 minutes after it began because no quorum was present. According to the Texas Municipal League (TML), a quorum is three or more members of the council. The council met again Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hire officer Markeisha Cox for the police department. “Due to the flu and other commitments, we were not able to secure a quorum for last Wednesday’s meeting,” City Administrator

Wed
30
Jan

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

City Council members are elected to help carry the burden of local government for their fellow citizens. Adding millions of dollars to an almost paid debt seems an odd way to help carry a burden. Adding onto an existing bond, consolidating, or even a totally new bond issue may be legal, but doesn’t seem very ethical without input from our citizens. If we, the community, have no say in the matter, some of us reading this letter will be dead and gone by the time the full debt is paid, and we will have shouldered our children with the load, and our

 

Wed
30
Jan

Bond counsel talks to CoF

City of Fairfield Administrator Nate Smith (seated in center frame) discusses the pros and cons of switching to iPads for council meetings during the Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Several Fairfield citizens – including former mayor Roy Hill – voiced their opinions at Tuesday night’s council meeting regarding the possibility of a $4 million bond. All four speakers are concerned about the bond amount, as well as payments and the length of the bond. Don Thornton compared the bond to a suffocating person and asked the city to reconsider before “burying Fairfield in debt.”

“Is it morally or ethically right for Fairfield citizens to be strapped with that kind of debt?” asked Barry Capps, owner of Capps True Value. “In my opinion, the council should walk away from this bond.”

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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