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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


 
Gossip and cow patties

I received several calls last week in reference to the recent controversy surrounding whether or not Sandra Dorr, the wife of Precinct 1 Constable A.J. Dorr, is putting in 40-hours per week and rightfully earning her pay from the county.

If you recall, several fellow county employees kept a log they claim shows Sandra is under a lax work schedule, takes advantage of being married to the boss and isn’t earning her keep.

They reported the alleged violations to Precinct 1 Commissioner Tom Stavinoha, who in turn, reported it to Human Resources.

Human Resources, in turn, took the matter up with the County Attorney.

The bottom line ... there is nothing to prove she is doing or not doing what these employees claim she did and no action is going to be taken.

Now, needless to say, those employees who are required to work in an office directly across from Sandra’s are more than disgruntled.

However, they aren’t the only people who are not happy with the gossip and rumors.

I received several calls from folks out there in Needville that say the whole issue is nothing more than gossip fueled by petty jealousy and spitefulness.

It seems that one of the biggest events in Needville is the livestock competition each year at the Fort Bend County Fair.

What you say?

Yes, Sandra’s supporters say the Dorr’s children have won numerous livestock judging events through the years and this has created some hard feelings from those they are competing against.

I’d like to think that people are not small enough to fight over their children’s games, competitions and achievements, but I know better. Look at the infamous “cheerleader mom” who tried to do away with her daughter’s competition.

Sandra has a loyal base of friends and associates in Needville who say she doesn’t always work traditional hours. She sometimes comes in very early and leaves early. She doesn’t always stay in the office. She does community-based errands that certainly could be construed as county business.

She reportedly helps the community leaders, at the drop of a hat, with any maps, facts, figures, or other information they need pertaining to the county.

It is sad, if Sandra is truly the dedicated person one side says she is, that she was put under the public microscope as she was.

Dorr must have known when he kept his wife at the Needville office after he was elected that someday this arrangement would be the focus of rumors, gossip and ill-feelings.

So, shame on him. At least Sandra’s friends stepped up and had their say —even though none wanted their names used in print.

That kind of limits the amount of information.

It appears that the issue is over.

If Sandra is dedicated and works hard for her community, what a shame that she was wrongfully accused.

If she is padding the clock and enjoying the perks of being an elected official’s wife then the other side has a reason to be miffed.

But it appears that between the smoke, mirrors and coffee shop clatter, this whole issue is just one warm cow patty!

 

Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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