Sheriff Parnell McNamara quizzed out on his peace officer’s certification license testing – with a little help from his friends, according to a former Lieutenant who admitted as much to former Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon
Six Shooter Junction – Investigators at the state’s licensing commission for peace officers are involved in an active inquiry of just how – and by what means Sheriff Parnell McNamara obtained his license as a Texas lawman.
A retired Deputy U.S. Marshal, McNamara took a series of tests and required courses in order to be allowed to sit for the exam given to Sheriffs with former federal or out of state service.
As a result, he was not required to attend a state-certified law enforcement training academy.
Former Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon, who resigned from his job on October 1, revealed that former Lieutenant Chris Eubank was involved in the cheating scheme with his girlfriend, a dispatcher at the Gatesville Police Department who also works part time at the Waco Police Department. She allegedly blackmailed him for helping McNamara by taking courses and tests on a computer located at his campaign headquarters in Bosqueville, according to Eubank’s admission to Cawthon. She had snapshots made of Eubank seated at a computer with a cartoon balloon that said, “I just made another A on another test…” As it turns out, he later co-signed a note on a rural residence for her near Gatesville and helped her finance a new car.
Legendary Reporter R.S. Gates requested public information regarding the policies and procedures used at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department for on-line training and testing in licensing programs of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Their answer, received after a 10-day waiting period, triggered a 15-day response letter in which a top official of the commission revealed the opinion explained to Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton that TCOLE officials held that to release any information would compromise an ongoing investigation.
Eubank admitted to former Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon, a retired Texas Ranger, that he took on-line tests and courses to help McNamara obtain his certification. At the time, Cawthon advised the former Lieutenant, who had a hand in training, background investigations, and evaluations, to resign. Eubank did so, but when Sheriff McNamara learned of his resignation, he persuaded him to stay on and accept employment as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division, supervising five other officers in the deep night “D” shift that runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
The TCOLE investigation of the McNamara administration is hardly an isolated event.
Hill County Sheriff Michael Cox, his Chief Deputy, the top Corrections Officer, and a turnkey were all nabbed in a TCOLE investigation of a similar scam. County Commissioners replaced them after they were charged with tampering with official documents and computer fraud, State Jail felonies.
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