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Harris County Constable Jack Abercia to correct ethics form with income sources; get links to other officials' ethics forms here at Texas Watchdog
Thursday, Jan 06, 2011, 11:43AM CST
By Steve Miller
constable vehicle

We’re right with it when public officials want to make sure their records are in order and open. So as we begin to look at the constable system in Texas and in Harris County in particular, we are reviewing financial disclosure forms, among other things.

 

Precinct 1 Constable Jack Abercia, in office since 1991, failed in his 2009 disclosure form to state his office and his source of occupational income. He is paid $130,512 a year, records show. Failing to fill that out leaves open the notion that he could be getting some side income from who-knows-where. When we called his office, though, he was quick to return our call and took note of our inquiry.

 

“I’ll fix that as soon as I can,” Abercia promised. “I’ve been with the county for 40 years, and I guess when you get to be my age, you forget some things.”


We appreciate his attention to such discrepancies. And trust that others are as conscientious when something like this is called to their attention.

 

If you'd like to take a look at any of your officials' ethics forms, check out Texas Watchdog's listing of state lawmakers' forms, our latest postings of city of Houston and Harris County officials' forms, and our ever-growing Scribd collections of forms. As always, if you see something interesting or something we should look into, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Send tips to news@texaswatchdog.org or call us at 713-980-9777.

 

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.


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Photo of a constable's vehicle by flickr user E-Mans av8pix.com, used via a Creative Commons license.

Comments
Kelly Bates
Saturday, 06/11/2011 - 04:32PM

If you look at Constable Abercia's Political Campaign Finance Form for January- July of 2008. On April 8, 2008 He made a $1,000 campaign contribution reimbursement to Jonathan Fowler and one to Jim Hodge. What's funny, is his form never shows that they contributed a $1000 each. I have a copy of the check (front and back) I am curious if he put the money in his personal account and reimbursed out of his campaign account.

WHY would Constable Abercia return $2000 during a campaign election year and then in September 2008 Jonathan Fowler was able to make a phone call to a supervisor about a female deputy and the Constable's office spared no expense to investigate her and ultimately destroy her career??? Jonathan Fowler signed a "sworn affidavit" 1 day before the conclusion of the investigation.... and I have records and audio tapes to confirm. Please contact me if you would like to view the information.

gil
Thursday, 12/15/2011 - 10:20AM

Constables,County Attorney, Harris County DA and County Commissioners either have been investigated/ or presently been investigated and what remains or seems like they all cover themselves with the same blanked---COVER-UP--CROOKS!!!!! Well ladies and gentlement its all coming to an end very soon. Keep up with the investigation Mr. Wayne.

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