Potter County Sinks Deeper Into Debt

Monday, January 25, 2016

Potter County Commissioners Meeting

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As expected the commission, led by County Judge Nancy Tanner, moved full steam ahead and approved their $21.5 million expansion project for the new sheriff’s administration building.

In a four to one vote the project was approved. Commissioner Mercy Murgia voted against the move.

I spoke to Sheriff Brian Thomas, a man I respect and admire, and I’m certain he’s glad to get his problems solved to a certain degree.  But I didn’t get the impression he was thrilled.  This Commission, with exception to Commissioner Murguia, is absolutely determined to spend a huge chunk of taxpayer’s money and today they accomplished their goal by sinking us further into debt.

Myself and a handful of citizens made the same request; slow down, this isn’t an emergency, let’s get the public fully involved, let the public vote!!  Not today.  Judge Tanner gave us each two minutes and did not hesitate in rudely announcing or interrupting once our time was up. Judge Tanner kept responding that public meetings were held, (you know, the two irregular scheduled meetings in and around the holidays?  Yeah, those two meetings.)

This commission, with Scott Brumley’s support, is on a roll and they’ve just begun.  It is critical that you support “Our Cause” and Cast your Vote for me, Len Walker for Potter County Attorney.  This Waste Must Stop.  Together we can help Commissioner Murguia pump some common sense back into Potter County.

Too Much Money, Too Little Justice

If you live in and pay taxes in Potter County this is a must read.  Amarillo Citizens for Open Government has compiled months worth of information that gives you a look at how our money is being spent.

It’s time we elect new city leaders and stop the waste. I want you to vote for me, Len Walker, as your New Potter County Attorney and I promise you I will stop the waste.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT

Brumley Supports Potter County Excessive Waste

The Commission is on track to spend well over $100 Million dollars in the very near future. They have refused to disclose full cost estimates. When asked, Bromley keeps repeating that exact numbers are not known. If that is true, why in the world is the County Commission going forward, and why in the world is Brumley supporting that?
Brumley is supporting the Commission’s decision to go forward with a new Sheriff’s Building, this one project is known to cost at least $22 Million dollars. How did you vote? That’s right. You didn’t get the chance to vote. They’re just doing it, and Brumley helped get that done. He certainly didn’t oppose it.
Now, you need to keep something in mind. The Sante Fe building is at about 50% use. Most of the floors are basically empty. Small agencies are occupying entire floors. How about moving all of the administrative Sheriff personnel to the Santa Fe building, temporarily house the rest in other spaces, and completely remodel the building we have? That way, we could benefit from the money already spent renovating Santa Fe, get another building up to modern specs, and save millions of dollars in the process? That is what I would have recommended.
Folks, the new Sheriff’s building is just the start. Next, Bromley and Co. want to tear down the existing Sheriff’s building, put up a new District Courts building that could cost anywhere from $60 to $100 Million dollars, then tear down the existing courts building and put up some parking garages. Bromley and some reckless commissioners are going to spend upwards of $150 million, and you don’t get to vote on any of it.
Why? Well, first of all, they know that without complete knowledge and education of the costs, you would never give them a blank check, and secondly, they really don’t care what you think.
Vote for me on March 1st for Potter County Attorney, and I will:
1. Demand that thorough and accurate needs analysis is performed for any project,
2. Absolutely insist upon documented cost projections for well defined and detailed projects that are bid upon by multiple parties, and
3. Make certain that you, the citizens, have an opportunity to vote on the project.

Christmas Message & Wish

When my family and I jumped into this new world of elections, we all agreed on a few basic ideas.  With the primary moved back to March 1st, the election season really got shortened.  It is tempting to just plow right through without even thinking about the holidays.  However, that is not who we are as a family, and we are not going to push this election during Christmas.

You are not going to hear from us for a week or so.  Everyone needs to spend time with family, catch up with friends, and enjoy the season.  Sometime next week, we will pick this up again and push through election night.  There is plenty of time to gear up in full swing later.

So, as a family, the Walkers wish each and every one of you the very best Christmas this year.  Don’t forget to say a prayer for all that we have and enjoy, be thankful.  If you are traveling, please be safe.

Merry Christmas!

Len Walker

Len Walker for Potter County Attorney: Official Announcement

I am running for Potter County Attorney. This is who I am, why I am running, and where I stand.

My Background
I was raised in Amarillo and served in the U.S. Submarine Service for six years followed by active reserves, honorably discharged from both. After the Navy, I worked in Washington D.C. to revise the Submarine Quality Assurance Program. I then moved back to Amarillo and finished my Business Degree at West Texas State. Law School followed at University of Tulsa, College of Law. I have practiced law in Texas, New Mexico and the Federal Courts for over twenty years. Seven of those years were spent as a prosecutor, and I carried the duties of county attorney during three of those years. My wife Tracey and I have been married for 26 years. We are blessed with two great kids; a daughter here in town, and a son serving in the U.S. Navy.

Potter County is in Crisis
Potter County is in a state of financial and management crisis. I am running for county attorney, because I can apply my legal experience, management ability, and solid common sense to solve these problems. The county is raising your taxes, wasting the money it has, and doing a poor job for our citizens. The Potter County Judge and most of the county commission are intoxicated with taxing, spending, and putting the rest of us into debt. This nonsense must end.

Scott Brumley: A Major Problem
Brumley is a twenty-year bureaucrat and ten-year professional politician. He has never opposed tax hikes. He supports them. He has never opposed irresponsible spending or borrowing. In fact, he has done nothing but help spend money. His latest? Rather than give the citizens a vote on massive new expenditures, Brumley supported the commission’s action to issue Certificates of Financial Obligation, (credit cards). His lack of leadership, poor advice, and insistence on failed policies has lead to the abuse of our citizens and millions of wasted dollars. To top it off, his office has lost an astonishing 57% of trials over the last ten years. Yes, 57%!

Upon Election, I will:
1. Stop waste. As your County Attorney, I will immediately take steps to stop wasteful spending by creating a pretrial release system, diversion of non-violent ticket offenses, removing mentally ill people from jail, and stopping wasteful spending of your tax-payer money.
2. Cut taxes. Why do Potter County citizens pay twice as much in taxes as Randall? Why has Potter County stated that taxes are going to be raised every year forward? Folks, this is a problem. It seems no matter what pipedream expensive plan the commissioners come up with, Brumley is in lock step with them. I will stand up for the people of this county and oppose tax hikes. I will do everything in my power to seek tax cuts, not raises.
3. Win cases. As an experienced prosecutor and trial lawyer, I know that there is only one word to describe a law office that loses 57% of the time; incompetence. I also know how to turn that situation around through solid management, good training and elimination of constant turnover. As Potter County Attorney, I will build a first class prosecutor’s office that wins cases.

Potter County is at a crossroads. This election will decide how we will live far into the future. I have decided to take a stand, and together, we can make that happen.

Thank you for your time. Thank you for your support.

Len Walker
December 9, 2015

Scott Brumley: A Major Problem

Brumley is a twenty-year bureaucrat and ten-year professional politician. He has never opposed tax hikes. He supports them. He has never opposed irresponsible spending or borrowing. In fact, he has done nothing but help spend money. His latest? Rather than give the citizens a vote on massive new expenditures, Brumley supported the commission’s action to issue Certificates of Financial Obligation, (credit cards). His lack of leadership, poor advice, and insistence on failed policies has lead to the abuse of our citizens and millions of wasted dollars. To top it off, his office has lost an astonishing 57% of trials over the last ten years. Yes, 57%!