Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:15 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 4, 2012 8:38 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Several Flour Bluff residents are angry after they say they received citations from a Code Enforcement Officer who the state says wasn't licensed.
Code Enforcement Supervisor Tracy Cantu says Ron Boyd has been the official Code Enforcement Officer who oversees the Flour Bluff area for the past three years. Well, Six News discovered according to the Texas Department of Health Services, Boyd was not a certified Code Enforcement Officer. Residents are upset and confused.
A document we obtained from the state says Boyd was registered as a Code Enforcement Officer in Training, and that expired in 2009. When residents found out, they were outraged that a man who wasn't a certified Code Enforcement Officer had been giving them citations for the past three years.
So, we went to city hall to get some answers about Boyd.
I told Cantu that we recently found out that he wasn't a Code Enforcement Officer according to the state. She said, "Well I'd have to let you know that that information is incorrect."
Cantu says Boyd has been a Code Enforcement Officer since 2007, and that this is all a clerical error on the state's side. She says they have shipped documents to the state to prove he was a certified officer since 2007.
But when it comes to all the citations he gave out, she says they still stand because of a city ordinance.
"Regardless of his status of registration with the state, the city is the entity that authorizes Mr. Boyd, or any of our Code Enforcement Officers to go out and deal with code violations as city officials," said Cantu.
But we weren't so sure. So we contacted David Olvera with the state.
I told him how the city said this whole issue came about because of a clerical on the state's side. He said, "I can tell you that from looking at our system and and going over this that I don't see it was a clerical error on our part."
Olvera says he hasn't seen the documents the city says they sent, but he will wait for them. He tells me an investigation into Boyd has begun. He says he's concerned that Boyd presented himself as a Code Enforcement Officer when he wasn't registered with the state.
If the state decides to take action against Boyd, Olvera says Boyd could receive a written reprimand or he could be stripped of his license.
Six News has learned Boyd was certified as a Code Enforcement Officer a week ago, but the city still wants the state to correct their documents to show Boyd has been a Code Enforcement Officer since 2007.
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