in Houston, Texas
Courtroom drama: Houston Metro CEO Frank Wilson accused of ‘improper’ relationship with employee
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010, 03:36PM CST
By Trent Seibert

KHOU's Mark Greenblatt has been at the vanguard of exposing deep-seated problems at Houston Metro, the region's transit authority.

He was at a court hearing today invloving Metro today when this revelation exploded:

The president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority was accused in open court Wednesday of having an improper relationship with a female employee who works for him. That alleged relationship may include taxpayer-funded trips to Spain, additional compensation and benefits, and other items the public paid for with tax dollars, according to the attorney for former Houston Controller Lloyd Kelley.

Attorney Michael West, who represents Kelley, told Judge Al Bennett  he has information which leads him to believe Metro President Frank Wilson had substantial motivation to keep specific documents or e-mails from coming out.

Kelley had previously sued Metro, alleging it improperly destroyed public documents related to a public information request from Kelley.

KHOU grilled Metro CEO Frank Wilson on these allegations, but he remained mum.

KTRK's Ted Oberg has also been doing great work looking into the mess at Metro. Make sure to check out his latest report, as well as Texas Watchdog's video showing what it's like to be grilled by Oberg. (Hint: It ain't pretty if you're in his sights!)

We'll update as we learn more.

Also check out past stories from Texas Watchdog about problems at Metro:

Houston Metro faults fired general counsel Pauline Higgins for using Metro meeting space to organize golf tournament in memory of her dead son

Was she thrown under the bus? Metro attorney fired amid shredding controversy allegedly called employee a 'blond bitch'

Metro board votes in chorus, just one dissenting vote since 2006

Metro says it lacks expertise to manage light-rail project; hired $2,400/day consultant who is associate of Metro CEO

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