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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Really future politics.....It’s three years out, but the Fort Bend County sheriff’s race is already heating up.

So far, I’m not too impressed.

I don’t know if you are all that interested in these things, but since the Fort Bend sheriff’s department is the largest percentage of county budget funds ($54 million) and is up approximately 16% over last year, we all should be interested.

Why do you think I gripe so much about the sheriff’s ineptness? Because his department spends the most money.

So since I am a crack reporter...wait a minute....an ace reporter, I know all of the players that happen to be just thinking about running for sheriff, and I know some background about most of them. Wanna hear?

He’s not tall enough to be sheriff.....Of course everybody knows that the sheriff’s chief deputy, Craig Brady, is going to run for sheriff. He announced at the meeting when the sheriff told all the deputies they were going to get a $1,000 bonus, donated by some anonymous donor. That anonymous donor made me nervous because it could be some drug dealer. Who else would have a quarter of a million dollars to give away?

But the sheriff promised to keep it anonymous and all the mucky mucks in the county (i.e. county attorney Roy Cordes, who never disagreed with anyone, and county judge Dr. Bob Hebert who doesn’t know crap about the law) blessed it.

I don’t care. I still believe it was a drug dealer.

Anyway, Brady used that auspicious day to announce he was running for sheriff even though the current sheriff had just been reelected and it was the first month of his new four year term.

Everybody has always wondered what Brady had on Sheriff Wright since Wright (he’s not) had always let Brady get away with things he would have fired another person for.

And this supposition is lent more credence by the fact that others swear that Brady has a garage full of tapes.

Well, I wouldn’t be afraid of that. I’ve never heard a tape he made that was anything but completely garbled.

Personally, I don’t think the sheriff is afraid of what Brady will reveal. I think the sheriff doesn’t know how to run a sheriff’s department and is just a tad bit too lazy to learn how. He’d rather let some yo-yo run it for him.

And the stunts that yo-yo has pulled, while he’s been chief deputy ...

He set up surveillance on his son’s girlfriend who had dumped his boy for a deputy under his employ. During that clandestine surveillance he put pennies on the tires of the off duty deputy’s car to make sure it was not moved.

Within months of being appointed chief deputy, he got in a bar fight over in Rosenberg at the Mustang Lounge and left the scene before the Rosenberg cops could get there.

Nothing was ever done. I have a suspicion what he has on Rosenberg Police Chief Robert Gracia, but I ain’t telling. I may need to use it myself someday.

Then the piece de resistance was leaving his wife of 35 years with whom he had four children and marrying a much younger girl who worked in the jail whom he got pregnant. That should go down good with all those conservative Republicans. Wife #2 was immediately promoted to detective without any training. She has since been given a car and sent out to speak to groups about wife abuse.

Are you believing this? AND, unbeknownst to most, we are in possession of a photograph of the little chief in all manner of inappropriateness. It’s nice when the public is also outraged with a candidate.

A soldier too...Another person mentioned as a sheriff’s candidate is Constable Troy Nehls.

Only trouble is Nehls can’t announce as long as he has so many months left in his current term as constable or he has to resign immediately. Nehls trumped his opponents by establishing an exploratory committee which can’t take in any money for a sheriff campaign, but can generate some buzz about his candidacy. He can raise money to rerun as constable.

Nehls is from a law enforcement family (his father was and brother is sheriff somewhere up north) and his twin brother works for Sugar Land PD.

Nehls used to be a deputy constable for Hal Werlein when Werlein was constable. However, Nehls gave a traffic ticket to Frank Marsters, one of Werlein’s supposed supporters. Werlein asked Nehls to tear it up and Nehls refused, whereupon Werlein tore it up himself.

Well, that sneaky little Nehls fished it out of the trash, pieced it back together and went to the authorities about it.

It was a pretty serious breach on Werlein’s part but there are some people who still resent Nehls’ sneaky way.

There was even a flap about whether he could run because he was serving in the Army (reserves) and was stationed in Iraq during much of the campaign. His twin brother, who looks exactly like him, campaigned for him.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he is nice looking, has a nice-looking family, and is a decorated war hero. His Republican credentials are completely intact. And he has had experience managing people, both in the Army and as constable.

All this and smart too....I’ve also heard that a retired FBI agent may run as a Democrat. His name is Cary L. Thornton, and he has written a book entitled “Oath of Office” about his years with the FBI. His writing name is “C. Lee Thornton.” You can Google him and read exerts from his book. The exerpts hooked me as the book is interesting. Now I have to buy it - if nothing else but to get a handle on a sheriff candidate.

His story is that he is from St. Louis. A master’s degree and stint teaching management to future station agents, he retired after a 21 year career with the FBI. He then went to work for AT&T which eventually transferred him to Houston, where he has made Fort Bend his retirement home. He then retired from AT&T and wrote the aforementioned book. He is now on a two-week book tour. Geez! A sheriff’s candidate who can string two words together? What is Fort Bend County coming to?

As of today, you have between now and 2012 to watch the players in this little drama, and I’m sure I’ll keep you up on all the acts and actors. We’ll probably see some more candidates (actors) before it’s all over. Remember that the sheriff’s race is on the same ticket as the President. If Obama is still popular, we could very easily have a Democratic sheriff. In fact, we probably will if the Republicans keep acting the fools.

B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at beverly@fortbendstar.com.

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.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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