Lawsuit Filed Seeking Dallas DA’s Removal
A lawsuit filed Tuesday petitions the removal of Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk from office claiming she is incompetent.
The 44-page petition, which can be read below, alleges the district attorney has “demonstrated gross ignorance of official duties; gross carelessness in the discharge of those duties; unfitness and inability to promptly and properly discharge of official duties, and official misconduct because of a serious physical or mental defect that did not exist during her election. DA Hawk’s depression and severe mental illness incapacitates her ability to perform the duties of that office.”
The case was filed Tuesday in the 101st Judicial Court on behalf of Cindy Stormer, who was terminated in September by First Assistant District Attorney Messina Madson for what Madson described as “incompetence” while Hawk was in Houston receiving mental health treatment.
It also mentions Hawk’s previous admission regarding treatment for prescription drug addiction and abuse at an in-patient facility as well as her “publicly announced … profound Attention Deficit Disorder.” It goes on to allege addictions to Oxycontin and Hydrocodone have “exacerbated her mental illness after the election.” SOURCE
Do you remember that old line about *be careful what you wish for, you might get it*?
Well, we got it…
I have been told, by confidential sources, that Hawk is still as nutty as ever and that there is an insiders betting pool on how long it will be before Hawk goes off the deep end again. That will be the bellwether for Hawk, if she goes off to La-La land again, well then, she really needs to go.
After taking office in January, Hawk fired or forced the resignation of at least six high ranking employees. The petition lists the termination of the Chief of Checks Division, First Assistant Bill Wirskye; the Technology Director, Tommy Hutson; DA Office Community Manager Cristal Retana; and Chief Investigator Jeff Savage – and the forced resignation of Judge Jennifer Balido.
One of those mentioned, Savage, has been given the opportunity to return. He worked for the DA’s office for 27 years and was still considering the offer when NBC 5 spoke with him earlier this month.
I know the reputations of at least 2 of those named and I am told that they are, or were top shelf people and were very competent in their jobs. I personally know another one of these individuals and I can attest to the fact that this person is incredibly competent and I feel that this degree of competence may have been perceived as a *threat* in the addled brain of Susan Hawk.
I have NO idea what Chief Investigator Jeff Savage is going to do with the offer to return to work but I know this; I would be afraid that Hawk would indeed go *off* again and start taking it out on the staff. Savage is very close to retirement and if he does go back to the DA’s office I believe that getting his FULL retirement would be the only reason for doing so.
I also believe this; some sort of compensation needs to happen for ALL of these men and women that, through no fault of their own, got caught up in the insanity of Susan Hawk.
In an exclusive interview with NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News last week, Hawk said she does not regret the other terminations but vowed to be better at her job now.
Susan Hawk would have to be better at her job than she has been previously, she can’t get any more incompetent, well, short of a total mental meltdown that is.
Don’t take any of this post wrong, I am NOT bashing Hawk while she is *down*, I was in the YES column when she was running, I supported Susan Hawk in her run for Dallas County DA. She seemed to be a much better choice than voting the sitting DA back in for another term of confusion, racism and accusations of improprieties, but with all things considered, the only difference I see in what we have vs. what we had is that there haven’t been any accusations of racism.