HOUSTON -- Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has dropped two members of his command staff.
The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that Tomas Mesa Jr. was suspended for three days last summer after using his influence to stop the arrest of an intoxicated dinner companion.
Garcia last month declined to reappoint Mesa, who earned $115,000 annually as the department’s chief financial officer. Mesa previously confirmed he was under investigation for a December accident in his county-issued car while on personal business.
Mesa defended his record and says he was flabbergasted when not reappointed.
Garcia also declined to reappoint Maj. Michael O’Brien. O’Brien, who earned $133,000 a year and handled certifications and recruitment. His personnel file didn’t contain any disciplinary actions.
O’Brien said he resigned in December.