Complaint levied against Ferris councilmen, city manager


By Charles D. Hatfield, Jr. / The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Two Ferris aldermen and the city manager came under fire after a complaint was filed against them by Johnathan Hope.

In a City of Ferris Citizen Complaint Form, dated Aug. 3, Hope stated, “I was asked to meet with Bobby Lindsey and Jay Walsh to discuss something with my parents.”

He stated the meeting took place at his parent’s home.

“I’ve warned both councilmen to leave me alone and called Bill Jordan a coward for trying to use me for this – via text.

“It turned out to be how to get rid of (Chief) Salazar. I was instructed to bring things to the council at the next meeting.

“The feeling I got was it had been discussed with (City Manager) Bill Jordan.

“I don’t want to be part of something illegal,” Hope concluded.”

The complaint was discussed at Monday’s council meeting in executive session, but no action was taken.

Jordan was not available for comment. According to city hall, he was in meetings all day Tuesday.

Walsh said was not aware of any of the allegations brought against him, but then said, “no comment.”

Following the council meeting, Hope family members reportedly threatened Ferris Chief Eddie Salazar upon leaving.

Salazar caught the threat on his body cam, and said the FBI will investigate the incident.

Hope had previously claimed Ferris police planted drugs in his vehicle last year. The Ferris officers were cleared of the allegations.