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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.


County mainframe receives cleaning

Fort Bend County is abuzz over the latest issue and small wonder. It seems the various county divisions were having problems with the computers. They were bogged down and it was slow going.

So, officials started looking for files that might be bogging down the system—and they found hundreds of music and video files.

These weren’t investigative videos or tools of the trade by any means.

Sources within the county say literally dozens of large music files were stored on computers traced back to the District Attorney’s Office.

It appears a large number of employees were reportedly downloading MP 3 files to the county-owned system.

What is even worse is the discovery that apparently led to the resignation of one of the county’s top ranking employees.

Inappropriate videos were allegedly bogging down the system and traced back to another office in the county.

The county cleaned the database, a lot of employees got a strong tongue lashing from District Attorney John Healey and one employee tenured his resignation.

Some county workers say they are angered that a trusted employee took such a chance and felt compelled to leave his position. “This person did such an outstanding job and everyone liked him. And now he has ruined a great career,” one disgruntled employee said.

As word spread throughout the courthouse and other government facilities, you can bet that anyone with anything that didn’t say “Fort Bend County” in it—pressed delete.

From what I hear, the storage space is now quite adequate and the county’s computers are working quite efficiently.

After all the hoopla in Harris County last year over personal e-mail files on county computers, you would think that employees here would use a little common sense.

“Model granddaughter” for County Clerk

Every grandmother thinks the son or daughter of her child is a model grandchild. However, Fort Bend County Clerk Dianne Wilson can attest to it—her little granddaughter has an agent.

It seems little Jade Lily Wilson not only recently appeared as a toddler strolling the beach in a catalogue, the baby now has an “agent for print and commercials,” the very proud grandmother (Wilson) boasted.

And, who wouldn’t boast about such a monumental event?

Wilson joked that her granddaughter may just be the “future Nicole Kidman.”


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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