The city of Rosenberg must provide the names of police officers fired over the past 10 years to The Fort Bend Herald, the Texas Attorney General announced.
Texas AG Ken Paxton’s office made its ruling on May 15 — the same day The Herald filed an open records request for the information.
Paxton’s office said the city was prohibited from releasing personal identifying information to the newspaper, such as birth dates, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, etc.
The Herald filed an open records request seeking the names of police officers fired between Jan. 1, 2009, and Jan. 1, 2019, after a former Rosenberg police detective told The Herald he and many other officers had been dismissed for petty reasons.
Kevin Raines, who is seeking a seat on the Rosenberg City Council, told The Herald in April that he was fired in 2011 because another office was seeking a promotion.
A second former Rosenberg police officer supported Raines’ statement, saying dedicated, hard-working officers were dismissed without cause.
“Kevin wasn’t the first, wasn’t the last to get railroaded,” Thomas Pausewang posted on the Fort Bend Herald Facebook page regarding Raines’ firing. “If you looked hard enough, you could fire the entire force for real or contrived mistakes. No one who spends time working in a police department leaves with their professional virginity intact.”
Although Paxton’s office has ruled in The Herald’s favor, the city of Rosenberg has yet to release the requested information.