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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016 3:31 pm

  Last July, when I accompanied the Garrs (City Aministrator Mike Garr and City Treasurer Rose Garr) on a trip to the Aransas Pass, they made no secrets about me going along. They even announced it in City Hall. 

   At the time, no one whom I’m aware of expressed objections to a possible conflict of interests, or suspicions of bribery or whatever. Mike Garr and I have been friends for about eight years now.  

    Nevertheless, excited by going to the coast, I have made myself and the Garrs vulnerable to accusations of wrongdoing, since I’m up for reelection to City Council in November. And as we all know in politics, adversaries can, and should, be expected to point out appearances of wrongdoing at the very least. 

Innuendos and accusations of wrongdoing are understandable, and not thinking of possible conflicts back in July, I owe area residents an apology for becoming a subject to cynical views about local government.

Yet, no deals have been made between me as a councilman and the city administrator or the treasurer. Laws governing our conduct, then and now, do not forbid friendship and activities together.

At last Thursday’s council meeting, I was gratified to hear praise from critics about the good workings of Rose and Mike Garr, as they are truly open in the business of the city to all of us. 

To open government and lifelong learning.


Jim Hannah

Bandera City Councilman

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