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Cherokee County Republican Party Chairman forced to resign Adult Protective Services job

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Jacksonville, TX:

The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports that Adult Protective Services investigator Stephen R. Looney was forced in December 2010 to resign his position with the Jacksonville branch of DFPS for alleged violations. The Daily Progress omits within its post-Primary article that Looney is the chairman for Cherokee County’s Republican Party.

Steve Looney, pictured below with local Republican officeholders, was elected as Cherokee County’s Republican Party chairman in March 2010. (Source: Jacksonville Daily Progress)

Pictured from left to right Pct. 2 Constable Jack White, Pct. 1 Constable Lynn Kelly, Republican County Chair Steve Looney, Lawrence Davis, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace candidate Tony Johnson, County Judge Chris Davis, County Sheriff James Campbell, State Senator Robert Nichols, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Phillip Grimes, District Clerk Janet Gates, and Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace candidate Roberta Durate. (Source: Jacksonville Daily Progress, September 10, 2010)

According to the most recent Jacksonville Daily Progress article on the resignation,

Looney was recommended for dismissal by the Jacksonville department supervisor in a memorandum making claims he had inflated travel-mileage reports, falsified case reports, billed the department for services clients didn’t receive and, in one case, sexually harassed a client, according to documents received from the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS), of which APS is a division. (Source: Jacksonville Daily Progress, March 30, 2011)

Steve Looney, who had been employed with Cherokee County Adult Protective Services since 2008, was reprimanded by his superiors in February 2010 for personally renting a house to a client under his supervision, according to the Daily Progress.

Steve Looney

It took the Jacksonville Daily Progress nearly 4 months to report the resignation of this Adult Protective Services employee with no mention of Looney’s Cherokee County political affiliations. These are the people charged with protecting the county’s at-risk adult and elderly population, while at the same time violating conflict of interest protocols. The overt pattern of not only conducting personal business on agency time, but simultaneously promoting their elected position in the newspapers, is indicative of their confidence in the corrupt Good Ol’ Boy system. This is yet another example of your local newspaper belatedly reporting only after the fact negative information in order to shield the county’s political hierarchy.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website lists the services APS provides to exploited elderly or disabled adults. (Source: DFPS)


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  1. Thank you for the post! You’re really doing good. You should keep writing this stuff.


    03/19/2013 at 1:57 PM

  2. My brother Christopher Tingley was wrongly arrested or kidnapped by the Cherokee county sheriff’s department and we even have video of their corruption! Stocking us at gas stations and maliciously harassing us! They have no respect of American constitutional rights!

    James Tingley

    09/18/2016 at 2:35 PM

    • Rule # 1: Don’t drive through Cherokee County.
      Rule # 2: Don’t talk about marijuana over the phones in or around Cherokee County.
      Rule # 3: Don’t drive through small East Texas towns with expired trailer plates.
      Rule # 4: Find other parts of the great state of Texas to spend your money in; you’re only paying these people’s salaries.

      Christopher Alan Tingley, 29, Alexander, Arkansas, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license invalid, no vehicle registration, defective equipment/trailer tail lights, expired trailer registration and obstructed trailer license plate (source: Jacksonville Progress July 23, 2016)

      Cherokee County, Texas

      09/18/2016 at 10:01 PM

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