Sunday, March 30, 2008

City Notary Records Sought (UPDATE)

According to Texas Statutes 406.014 all notarized documents are required to be recorded in log books and are deemed public information available for inspection by any member of the general public. We'd like to see the notary logs for the recent election documents, someime before the election.

To date, we have been unable to contact Ms. Linda McCrory due to sick leave. Ms. McCrory is the Librarian for the City of Wilmer and notarizes most city documents, including most of the recent filings for elective office. According to library staff, Ms. McCrory is not expected to return to work until after the May 10 elections. We are informed that the notary record book is in her personal possession and unavailable for inspection at the present time. Requests through the City Administration offices for Ms. McCrory's contact information have not been answered.

Inconsistencies in mayoral candidate Teresa Bain's application for a place on the ballot prompted our investigation into the notary records.

Ms. McCrory telephoned Wilmer Public Citizen April 15 and indicated she would be returning to work prior to the election. City Secretary Crystol Birdwell confimed this as well. We will keep you up-to-date on our investigation.

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