City Council in Balcones Heights voted 3-2 last night to uphold the City Manager's firing of Police Chief Henry Dominguez, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Now our city can begin to heal from all that has happened since the tragic murder of one of our officers on May 4th," Mayor Suzanne DeLeon told Newsradio 1200 WOAI following the council session.
"Balcones Heights has a great future ahead of us, and together we will work hard to make sure that our city is safe and will grow and prosper."
Dominguez was fired when a report emerged following the ambush murder of Officer Julian Pesina that Pesina had ties to the infamous Mexican Mafia prison based gang, and Dominguez was aware of his ties to a known criminal organization but did nothing. Officer Pesina even had visible tattoos which pledged allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.
There are plenty of Help Wanted signs out in Balcones Heights. In addition to Police Chief, the suburb is looking for a Fire Chief and an Administrative Assistant, both of whom have resigned in the last few weeks. The Fire Chief quit after releasing a fiery letter accusing council of 'pursuing its own agendas' rather than what's doing what's best for the city.