Ex-Texas official accused of imposing traffic ticket quota

2019-04-28

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.

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