Should the city manager decide the fate of the Chief of Police when both have been involved in domestic disputes?
Bryan City Manager David Watkins will review the internal investigation into a domestic violence call at Chief Ty Morrow's home.
However, it was a little more than two months ago that police were called to Watkins home for a domestic disturbance.
While that case was not criminal and is now closed, questions are raised as to a potential conflict of interest in Watkins handling of the case.
However Watkins says that's not the case and it's his job to look into this.
"My job is to issue transperancy whether it's David Watkins City Manager or Ty Morrow Police Chief to measure that every incident that occurs in Bryan."
It wasn't until last night that Watkins disclosed his domestic dispute to the Bryan city council.
Never the less, Mayor Mark Conlee tells News 3 he believes both individuals are professionals in doing their job, and he has confidence in Watkins.
Conlee goes on to say he will monitor this case closely and if two don't handle it correctly, he will take appropriate measures.
We also talked to an independent party.
Dr Jerry Dowling... a criminalogy professor at Sam Houston State says at some point, the city council will be involved.
"Ultimately, however, the proverbial buck stopped with the mayor and the city council. So while I suspect the chief is appointed by the city manager and accountable to the city manager, ultimately anything the city manager does is [makes him] accountable to the council and mayor."
Bryan Police is conducting the internal investigation and will turn it over to Watkins for review.
Meanwhile, Bryan Police and the Brazos County Sheriff's Office are conducting a separate criminal investigation which will go to the County Attorney's office.
Morrow is on administrative leave pending the results of that investigation.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.