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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The probe of Commissioner Price went on from 2001 to 2011. Most current commissioners weren’t on the court during most of that time.

But former Democratic County Judge Jim Foster was blunt; he said he has waited for a day like Friday for seven years. “I think the citizens of Dallas County will be able to sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing that part of their tax money is not going into the pockets of one of their elected officials,” he told CBS 11 News from his new home in South Florida.

Price and Foster clashed openly on the court when Foster was County Judge. Beginning, Foster said, when Price dragged his feet on development of a proposed inland port for southern Dallas County.

“I had a lot of citizens coming to me with complaints and the more that I looked into these complaints the more that I began to see that there was a pattern of corruption,” he recalled.

Foster wouldn’t go into details for fear he may be a witness at trial.

Current county Judge Clay Jenkins released the following statement:
“This morning, I prayed for all involved with the federal investigation into 2001-2011 events, but remain focused on completing the important work of strengthening law enforcement, improving services without tax increases, completing the successful turnaround of Parkland Hospital and promoting the $10.25 living wage; those issues, not an outside investigation will be the focus of Commissioners Court and staff.”

Commissioner Mike Cantrell said he was expecting an indictment. “People have to trust in their government and if there’s any type of corruption in government justice needs to take its course.”

Cantrell has served with Price the longest on this court. He said it won’t effect their work. “I don’t know the evidence, I don’t know the circumstances. I trust the system,” he said of Price’s pending legal trouble.

Commissioner Elba Garcia said she would have no comment. CBS 11 News was unable to get a response from Commissioner Theresa Daniel.

Prices legal problems will have no bearing on whether he continues to serve as county commissioner, according to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins’ office. Not unless he is proven guilty, according to the DA.

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