Forest Hill Mayor Goes Mental on Councilman

Forest Hill mayor takes out mental health warrant on councilman

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    City of Forest Hill
    Forest Hill Mayor James Gosey (left) and City Councilman Damian Dalcour (right).

    Commentary
    by Bruce Felps

    Talk about political mind games.

    James Gosey, the mayor of Forest Hill, filed for and was granted a mental health warrant forcing his one-time friend and City Councilman Damian Dalcour to undergo a psychological evaluation.
    The move occurred just before a special council meeting during which members voted to suspend the mayor for four months.

    Gosey, according to an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said he was concerned his former friend might hurt himself or someone else. Dalcour, who takes prescribed medication for a disorder incurred during his military stint during the Gulf War, characterized the warrant as a political ploy to keep him from the meeting.

    This one could end up as a TV movie. You have once-fast friends at odds in a political arena, you have accusations of sexual harassment, you have Texans carrying weapons into a council meeting, you have a judge signing the warrant at the behest of the wrangling mayor, you have a politician sitting for a forced mental evaluation … about all we’re missing here is the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders putting on a fundraising performance to save the day and Little Rebecca’s farm.

    Ah, small-town politics…always good for a little cabaret.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. It’s a wonder no one’s ever taken out one of those things on him.