Eastland Commissioners Discuss Former Police Officer's Employment Matter

Published 04/21 2014 10:12PM

Updated 04/21 2014 11:13PM

On Monday night, the Eastland Board of City Commissioners met to discuss their monthly agenda that included speaking with an attorney about a former police officer.

Frank Saylors was fired for not properly investigating a sexual assault case that involved Clayton Fought, the suspect accused of kidnapping, raping, and stabbing an 11-year-old girl and leaving her for dead near Lake Cisco in January of 2014.

Saylors has decided to run for office and spoke to KTAB saying that he became the "fall guy" in the case. As a result of the interview, the board decided to revise their agenda last Friday and added that they convene in an executive session to consult with their attorney regarding legal issues related to him. Saylors and his attorney, Allen Stidger of Fort Worth attended the meeting.

"The city commissioners felt it was necessary to speak with our attorney," city manager Ron Duncan said. "Nothing else, that was it."

Since it was an executive session, the board couldn't disclose any other information. However, Saylors' attorney felt that the timing of the session was odd, claiming it was a way to somehow persuade people before the election.

"I find it very unusual that 19 days before the election where my client is running for city commission that this session would take place," says Stidger. "It just seems to be an attempt to influence the electric with false information."

Stidger adds that his client chose to retire and not terminated. He concludes that Saylors' police identification card states that he was dishonorably discharged by February 28th.

Duncan insists that the executive session was strictly to discuss what Saylors mentioned during his interview with KTAB.

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