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Fired Tarrant County Elections Boss Raised Ethical Concerns

Video shows administrator clashed with panel over hiring election workers

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    Fired Tarrant Co. Elections Boss Raised Ethical Concerns

    The man who supervised Tarrant County elections was fired just days into his job after he raised ethical concerns about political parties' influence in running the March primary. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018)

    The man who supervised Tarrant County elections was fired just days into his job after he raised ethical concerns about political parties’ influence in running the March primary.

    The county elections commission terminated administrator Nathan Neblett last Tuesday — just two weeks after it hired him.

    At the time, county officials said simply it wasn't a "good fit."

    A review of a video of the commission's meeting revealed Neblett and his bosses clashed over the hiring of two election coordinators suggested by the Democratic and Republican parties.

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    Party leaders said the temporary workers traditionally help coordinate hundreds of judges and clerks who work in polling stations and help elections run smoothly.

    In his first days on the job, Neblett told the workers they were not welcome at the county election office.

    "I have several problems why they're conducting that activity in county spaces," Neblett said.

    He explained he believed the parties — not the county — should pay the employees.

    Neblett also had concerns about each party being treated equally, even though neither of the parties was complaining.

    Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples said she and Republicans agreed the workers are necessary and pleaded with Neblett to allow them at the elections office.

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    County attorneys said the arrangement was legal.

    Allan Saxe, longtime professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington, said it's the way politics works.

    "As long as the Democrats and Republicans are pretty well satisfied with it, I don't think there's any problem," Saxe said.

    In the meeting, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley asked Neblett if he was willing to reconsider hiring the people that the parties had suggested, but he declined.

    "If we need temps, we'll call temps," Neblett said.

    Tim O'Hare, chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party, fired back.

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    "If this is where you want to bury your flagpole, then have at it," O'Hare said.

    Clearly angry, commissioners adjourned to talk privately, then returned.

    O'Hare moved to terminate the administrator.

    All four commissioners at the meeting approved.

    "I'm sorry it's come to this," Whitley told Neblett.

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    Meanwhile, the two coordinators have been invited back and are now working at the elections office to help organize the March primary.

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