CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas has won reinstatement for a Harris County deputy wrongly terminated last year after an internal affairs investigation.
The reinstatement of Deputy Fernando Delgado came during a contested Civil Service Commission appeal hearing on March 8. The county attorney's office had presented about half of its case when the commission decided to go into executive session.
Commissioners returned from the closed-door session expecting to hear more testimony, but instead the county decided to settle the matter and return Deputy Delgado to work.
Deputy Delgado was one of six supervisors terminated in April 2015 in the inmate Terry Goodwin IAD investigation. This investigation lead to the retirement of the chief deputy and the jail captain; the involuntary demotion of the major over the Detention Center; and the suspension of 23 other Detention officers. This IAD investigation included over 6,535 documents.