Ex-Texas official accused of imposing traffic ticket quota
By Associated Press |
Posted: Thu 3:19 PM, Apr 25, 2019
MARLIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers have arrested a former city manager on charges he abused his position by imposing a quota for the number of traffic tickets city police had to issue.
Alan Grindstaff, 64, was being held Thursday at the Falls County jail on a charge of abuse of official capacity.
He was taken into custody Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge.
Authorities say as the city manager in Marlin, Grindstaff earlier this year developed a plan to compensate, discipline or promote the police chief based on officers issuing a predetermined number of tickets within a certain period.
State law prohibits a police department from using a quota system in writing traffic citations.
The city council fired Grindstaff in March.
It's not clear if he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.