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Mayor drops ethics charges against councilman

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – Mayor Boyce Whatley and the city council’s three-member subcommittee investigating Midlothian Councilman Ken Chambers for alleged ethics violations dropped their case Tuesday, July 8.

"…received a hand delivered report this morning from the city," Chambers, an outspoken proponent of individual rights and private property protections, said. "Just a heads up the mayor dropped all charges and the subcommittee.

"According to the report, the mayor is not willing to accept responsibility or fault regarding what has been done to me, nor pay my legal expenses. Tonight [regular council meeting] he will announce there are no violations."

Whatley has been criticized by friends and critics alike for his handling of the ethics investigation into Chambers, who was alleged to have discussed confidential city business with local construction contractor Ken Halverson, who has a lawsuit against both Waxahachie and Midlothian for construction contracts at Mid-Way Regional Airport.

Both cities contribute $40,000 to the airport. A seven-member board appoints the airport manager, but the controversies surrounding the contracts and Chambers’ stance against annexation were part of a 40-question ethics subcommittee list that produced no violations, Chambers said.

The Ellis County Press

was scheduled to attend Tuesday’s Midlothian council meeting to report on the entire committee investigation. Details can be found at elliscountypress.com.

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