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Inmon should give up school board seat

February 7, 2019

Gary Inmon should resign his seat on the board of the Schertz-Chibolo-Universal Independent School District.

He pleaded guilty late last month to misapplying fiduciary property and committing aggravated perjury. As part of a deal, he was able to avoid prison on the felony charges and legally can continue to serve on the school board for the next two years.

Inmon was placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication, a form of probation that will leave no permanent conviction on his record if completed successfully. He also agreed to repay $120,000 to the family of a client and give up his law license for the duration of his probation.

His resignation from public office should also have been a condition of his probation.

Inmon has been on the school board of this highly successful school district since 2000 and is serving a term that does not expire until 2021.

His colleagues’ hands are tied on this one. Board policy allows trustees to remove one of their own only when there is a felony conviction. The most they can do here is censure him, and they did so Saturday for the second time in less than a year. They have also asked him to resign, to no avail.

In a text in response to a question from Express-News education writer Liz Teitz, Inmon wrote, “My actions were solely personal in nature and were not related to the SCUC-ISD or the Board of Trustees.”

We disagree. Elected officials are public servants 24/7 and must be held to higher ethical standards, especially when they serve on a school board and are role models for young people.

Inmon was indicted last summer on three third-degree felonies related to his legal work on a probate case in which had been named executor. Specifically, he was charged with failing to distribute $126,456 from the estate of a 91-year-old woman to the rightful heirs and then lying under oath about his actions in the case.

Inmon told his board colleagues Saturday he would consider their latest request for him to resign. He should leave. The voters and children in this district do not need a lawyer who lied under oath and misapplied money making policy decisions and voting on multimillion-dollar budgets.

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