Bastrop County

Bastrop County commissioner accused of using county resources to repair private roads

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) -- A Bastrop County commissioner has been indicted on three counts of abuse of official capacity.

Records show Commissioner Gary "Bubba" Snowden, 72, was arrested and booked into the Bastrop County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The indictments allege Snowden used county resources and employees to work on private roads.

In an emailed response to the indictment, Snowden says he has known of the allegations for a long time. "I am not guilty of each and every charge contained in this indictment," he wrote. "I am totally 'innocent' of any wrong doings on the projects or matters alluded to in the indictment, 'The Wilbarger Creek Drive' and the 'Moon Break Road.'"

Count one, which involves resurfacing 0.8 miles of Wilbarger Creek Drive between May 2015 and July 2015, amounted to between $30,000 and $150,000 worth of county resources, the indictment states. The second and third counts involving Moon Break Road and using county vehicles, personnel and equipment on a private road, amount to between $2,500 and $30,000 each. The indictment states the work done on Moon Break Road was during the summer of 2016.

Snowden said he is, in fact, proud of the work and service which county employees did to repair the roads at the center of the allegations. He wrote he is confident time will prove the charges are politically motivated.

"I am looking forward to a public trial, when I will testify and offer evidence which will prove my innocence, and prove that I did not use government services and government property which were entrusted to me to obtain any benefit or defraud another," Snowden said. "I have never profited or benefited financially or personally, from the service performed to county employees on county time."

Since 2012, Snowden has served as the commissioner for Bastrop County Precinct 4, which covers the northern part of the county.

In a statement, Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said Snowden's indictment is a "grave matter" and the charges "cannot be winked at." However, Pape said anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty and that "no one should jump to conclusions."

Read Snowden's full statement below:

I have been indicted by the Grand Jury of Bastrop County, Texas on the Counts of "Official Misconduct."

I am not guilty of each and every charge contained in this indictment. I am totally "innocent" of any wrong doings on the projects or matters alluded to in the indictment, "The Wilbarger Creek Drive" and the "Moon Break Road". In fact, I am proud of the work and service which Bastrop County, Precinct 4 employees and I did to repair the roads, in a time of need. The repairs not only helped many residents who use those roads daily to get to work and school, but the public at large who use the roads; school buses , service providers, emergency providers, police and the public at large.

I have known of the allegations for a long time. I am confident that time will prove that they were politically motivated and instigated by a few individuals whose only intent was my removal for their personal benefit.

From the beginning, I have hid nothing. I have answered every question put to me by the state officials and other members of the Commissioner's Court, and Texas Ranger Bret Barina, the only witness who testified before the Grand Jury under oath. I would have liked to have testified before the Grand Jury under oath. I would have liked to have testified and had evidence presented to the Grand Jury, but was not permitted to do so, and only "invited"to testify, conditioned upon doing so without the assistance or representation of my own attorney.

I am looking forward to a public trial, when I will testify and offer evidence which will prove my innocence, and prove that I did not use government services and government property which were entrusted to me to obtain any benefit or defraud another. I have never profited or benefited financially or personally, from the service performed to county employees on county time. To the contrary, I have donated and loaned my property, equipment and materials to the county. I have worked after hours and I am available to my constituents and the public at my office, county barn, my home and on the roads of Precinct 4, "24/7".

I will continue to do the best job for the people of Bastrop County as long as the voters wish me to serve and the good lord allows me to serve.


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