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Shouting, Name-Calling Erupt At Dallas Co. Commissioners Meeting

By Bud Gillett and Kent Chapline, CBSDFW.COM
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says fired county Homeland Security Director Lisa Chambers was a “loafer” and a “drunk.”

Jenkins made the comments during Tuesday’s regular Commissioners Court meeting.

Jenkins fired Chambers from her post last week, citing performance issues.

Jenkins began Tuesday’s meeting by warning speakers not to single out or degrade anyone.  But he then started defending his decision to fire Chambers by calling her a “loafer.”

“We will not play politics with the security of Dallas County.  I will not tolerate loafters using the excuse of an FBI investigation to cover-up for their performance or non-performance,” he told the court.

Commissioner Maurine Dickey objected to Jenkins’ comments, telling him that by calling Chambers names he was “violating the very rules that you make for this court.”

“Judge, name-calling is not allowed in this court. You called her a drunk, now you called her a loafer,” she said.

Jenkins and Commissioner John Wiley Price then attacked Dickey and called her a “loafer” as well.  “Loafers of a feather flock together,” Price said.

Dickey, Price and Jenkins then spent several minutes shouting over each other in court.  “I don’t call you a sock puppet like everyone else does. I don’t call you names,” Dickey shouted at Jenkins.

In an interview after the meeting, Jenkins said he saw Chambers “drink a large quantity of alcohol and fall all over my wife and my father-in-law at a social function.”

He then apologized for calling Dickey a loafer, but then immediately claimed she is “rarely at work” and said she disappears for “weeks at a time.”

Dickey called the whole thing childish.  “This is Kindergarten behavior.”

In an interview with CBS 11 after Tuesday’s meeting, Lisa Chambers responded to Jenkins’ comments.  ” I expected something like this because it would be out of character for them not to do that.”

She called the alcohol accusation ‘ridiculous and sad,’ and went on to say “Loafers don’t serve their country overseas, don’t learn difficult foreign languages, hold top-level security clearances and develop relationships with FEMA that Dallas County never had before I took that job.”

When asked of she was considering a lawsuit over her firing, Chambers said attorneys have contacted her.

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