HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A trustee from Houston Community College has announced today that he is taking matters into his own hands, bringing in an independent investigation following a guilty plea of another trustee who was taking bribes.
It was last month that Chris Oliver plead guilty to federal charges of bribery of a public official. He now faces years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Today, Dave Wilson, an HCC trustee and a man who is no stranger to controversy himself with his anti-LGBT stance and questionable campaign tactics, says he has hired Dolcefino Consulting to lead the investigation into trustee misconduct at HCC.
Wilson says "I asked the board to hire our own independent investigator or have the Texas Attorney General investigate, they chose not to. Therefore, I am personally hiring attorney with Keith Gross, and Wayne Dolcefino."
Wayne Dolcefino is a FOX 26 contributor. The goal of this investigation according to Wilson is to restore the credibility of Houston Community College to students and taxpayers, and will focus on the board of trustees and the administration.
Dolcefino says "I will be asking for emails, phone records, will be asking for vendor payments, scrutinizing vendors, will be looking at campaign contributions, practices of vendor selections...I don't believe in sacred cows. Once you have one you end up with the herd pretty quickly, and I think that one of the problems here is the perception that there's a herd of cows that are sacred and that is going to end."
Chancellor of HCC, Dr. Cesar Maldonado, announced the hiring of a special counsel to investigate, but Dave Wilson claims the Chancellor never consulted with the board, and felt that the council being brought in was a conflict of interest.
Dave Wilson says he is funding this investigation and invites the other trustees of HCC to join him.
HCC Chancellor, Dr. Cesar Maldonado, released this statement:
The Houston Community College administration strives to be open and transparent in all aspects of our business. We want to assure the students and community that our faculty and staff are qualified and committed to providing meaningful programs that support academic achievement and workforce development for all our students.
Our main mission is continuing with our goal of creating the ultimate student experience, promoting student success and preparing for the fall semester, which begins Monday, August 28.