Sheriffs department employees face yet another political reorganization which started the night of Oct. 10, 2003, when Georgetown police stopped Sheriff John Maspero while intoxicated and urinating along Williams Drive. With legal action to have him removed from office, Maspero resigned that December of 2003. The Williamson County Commissioners appointed then Pct 2 Constable Jim Wilson as interim Sheriff.
Jim Wilson fired 21 employees and called the department a complete mess which angered many persons in the community. Five of the fired employees sued Sheriff Wilson and the department to get their jobs back, claiming they were fired in violation of their right to free speech because they voiced support for Maspero. Three others sued claiming age discrimination.
Jim Wilson said that Shawn Newsom had a reputation as a little Hitler and that Linda Bunte often exhibited crude behavior and vulgar language. Personnel files have shown letters of reprimand for each of these individuals. A fellow employee accused Newsom of sexual harassment and was he censured for unbecoming conduct. Buntes records show she berated a female sergeant in front of co-workers, one of several reported incidents.
James David and Claude Gamez said in court documents that they were fired in retaliation for testifying on Masperos behalf at a court hearing on whether to suspend Maspero from office. Gamez was accused of sexual harassment and that David falsified a government document, a criminal offense, to cover for a fellow deputy. Gamezs personnel file also shows he resigned his post at Crime Stoppers in 2003 after being accused of making sexually suggestive statements.
Newsom will return to his old job as a patrol captain. Bunte will be a lieutenant, Gamez will serve as a deputy, and David will be a lieutenant. Larry Krueger and Wes Roseberry, the subjects of multiple Internals Affairs investigations, have also been rehired to the Correction Bureau as Sergeants.
The groups lawyer has been quoted as stating that he hopes to settle the case soon and that lawyers on both sides have started discussions, but no offers have been approved.
Jim Wilson stated that he stands by his decision not to keep the employees the new sheriff has hired back. Jim Wilsons year of service to Williamson County as interim sheriff was tarnished by good-ol-boy politics and dissent. Many of the fired employees campaigned against him, but, even under pressure from the commissioners, stayed the course refusing to resign early. He was also admonished in the media and by political pundits for having early access to personnel files and for firing the 21 employees prior to his being duly sworn, which were later found to be untrue spins, but which ultimately cost him the 2004 election.

His successor, James R. Wilson (no relation), who only received 42.49\% of the vote, was sworn in officially on Saturday January 1st. On Thursday December 30th, prior to his being sworn in, this new sheriff rehired at least seven of employees who were fired by the previous administration and who later sued the department to be reinstated. Sheriff (James) Wilson reinstated the jobs of former Capts. Shawn Newsom and Linda Bunte, former Sgts. James David and Claude Gamez, and former Jail Sgt. Larry Krueger, all of whom have lawsuits pending against the department alleging that they were fired unfairly. They are working on settling their lawsuits, but the deals arent final, their lawyer has stated. Sheriff (James) Wilson was quoted as saying he did not hire the employees back to smooth over the lawsuit and that he is not concerned that the rehired employees will seek revenge on those they felt wronged by or who cheered their departure.
He also demoted 17+ law enforcement and jail employees, including the head administrator of the Williamson County Jail and terminated several other employees. Assistant Chief Deputy James Harrell, who is consider an authority on jail standards, decided to leave rather than take the demotion offered him. The new sheriff rehired Richard Elliott as Harrells replacement, stating that he is a fair and compassionate leader. Also replaced was Capt. Daniel Kelpac, a 10 plus year veteran of the corrections bureau, who left rather than accept a demotion. David Bertling, a training deputy w/ less than five years experience, was promoted to Captain as his replacement.
Sheriff (James) Wilson was quoted as saying on Thursday that My goal is to restore a degree of normalcy to the office, get stable and get about the business of doing police work. Yet as of today, the department is truly in a shambles, morale has hit rock bottom, and he did do the exact thing that he accused Sheriff Jim Wilson of in the 2004 campaign - accessing personnel files while not being duly sworn, and terminating, demoting, hiring, and promoting personnel that he legally had no right to do.

To: The Williamson County Commissioners Court

Honorable Sir's and Ma`am's,

I fully support the recall of Sheriff James R. Wilson. I am a citizen and registered voter of Williamson County.

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