DALLAS (CBS11) – An attorney representing four of the six Dallas County Marshals who are out of a job, is denying any wrongdoing.
Randall Moore of Fort Worth said he has appealed the cases for all four of his clients.
Five of the marshals are accused of working part-time jobs while they were still on the clock for the county.
Their supervisor resigned.
There’s no indication yet how long the alleged activity went on and how much money this may have cost Dallas County taxpayers.
But Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said cost isn’t the only concern.
“Security is probably the most important thing, nothing else matters if you can’t keep people safe,” said Jenkins.
Judge Jenkins says the five county marshals out of a job were supposed to help provide security at the county’s 54 buildings.
But four of them were fired and a fifth resigned. “The oversight of that was poor,” said Jenkins.
Moore said, “The only lack of oversight and supervision was by the county setting up the department and its lack of command structure. The county should bear full responsibility for any failures here.”
CBS11 has learned the Dallas County DA’s office is considering whether to file criminal charges against them.
A spokesperson for Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson issued a statement Wednesday morning: “The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has been made aware of the case and we are reviewing the administrative investigation. Our office is prepared to pursue, either alone, or in partnership with another agency, a criminal investigation if it is needed.”
Jenkins said,“Anytime that you’ve got people you are in charge of supervising, you should know where they are.”
CBS11 has also learned there were three separate investigations into this matter. The first one was conducted by one of the marshals who was fired, and that he had cleared everyone of wrongdoing. The second probe, conducted by the Sheriffs Department cleared some of the marshals. The third investigation was conducted by Arlington’s former police chief Theron Bowman.
“When you are on the clock working an agency, your time is theirs,” said former Cockrell Hill Police Chief Catherine Torrez. “But when you’re doing an off-duty job and you’re getting money from them to do work for whatever private entity it is, then your work is focused on them. It’s not fair.”
None of the former marshals has been charged.
CBS11 hasnt’ spoken with the individuals but has requested all documentation in the case.