Levelland EDC takes Legal Action against Levelland Mayor

The Levelland Economic Development Corporation met in a regular meeting on Wednesday at Levelland City Hall. All Board members were present along with EDC Director Shawn Kirkpatrick and Assistant Ellen Timian. Levelland Mayor Waymon Jackson was also present. The board reviewed their financial reports at the beginning of the meeting and then announced a closed meeting for a briefing from Levelland EDC Attorney Dustin Brooks of the Brooks Law Firm in Lubbock on the water issue in the Levelland Industrial Rail park as it relates to a well in the park and Chi Energy. After a brief closed meeting the board re-convened in open meeting. Attorney Dustin Brooks stated that the board had attempted to enter into closed meeting, however, he stated the only ones allowed in the closed meeting would be the Levelland EDC Board and its officers, including the fact that Mayor Waymon Jackson could not be in the closed meeting as the City of Levelland is not the client and the Mayor is not the client. The client in this case is the Levelland Economic Development Corporation. He pointed out that if the Attorney/Client privileged information is divulged in the presence of an uninterested 3rd party–that privilege is then waived. The attorney stated he asked the Mayor to leave the closed meeting so that it could proceed–the Mayor refused. The attorney stated that he also asked the Mayor if it was his intent to do this in the future to hold up future meeting between the attorney and client–the Mayor said Yes! At that point the attorney advised the EDC Board that the only legal recourse the board has is to give him authority to file for a temporary and permanent injunction in Hockley County Court against the Mayor. After much discussion, a motion was made by Board Member Elgin Conner and seconded by Mel Geirhart for the attorney to proceed with filing for the injunction.

The board then met in a lengthy executive session on pending projects and to consult with legal counsel. No action was taken following that meeting.

About Drew Dunn

News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at www.klvtradio.com
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