Inmon should resign SCUCISD seat
Gary Inmon, a longtime Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District trustee, should resign his seat.
Inmon, who has served on the school district in Northeast Bexar County since 2000, was indicted this month on three felony charges in Guadalupe County.
He won re-election to another four-year term in November with 57 percent of the vote. Inmon made an unsuccessful bid in March for the Republican nomination for Guadalupe County justice of the peace, Precinct 3.
Indictment by a grand jury is not an indication of guilt, and a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. However, a public servant continuing to hold public office while awaiting trail, even if the charges are unrelated to his elected duties, creates a major distraction.
A voluntary resignation would be in the best interest of the district’s schoolchildren and taxpayers, and his colleagues on the school board.
Inmon, 50, faces three felony charges of aggravated perjury, theft of property between $30,000 and $150,000.
Each is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Late last year, Inmon became the focus of a criminal investigation in connection with an estate of a 91-year-old Schertz woman who died in 2016. Inmon, a lawyer, served as executor of the estate, which was valued at $131,456.
The indictments against him allege he misapplied property from the estate and lied about giving notice to the woman’s survivors that they had been named beneficiaries in her will.
Last week, Inmon’s colleagues on the school board voted 6-0 to censure him. It was the strongest disciplinary action the board could take.
Board policy only allows the removal of trustee if they are convicted of a felony.
This is at least the second time Inmon’s personal problems have come up for public discussion at a school board meeting. The first occurred earlier this year, following his arrest on an unrelated family violence matter involving his 21-year-old stepson.
At that time, board member David Peveto defended him, stating Inmon’s behavior on the board has been beyond reproach.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Inmon’s abilty to be an effective board member,” Peveto said. “He’s given his heart, his soul, his time to the school district.”
That may be true, but the distraction this poses is undeniable.
State Bar of Texas records also show that Inmon, who has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1994, was suspended from the practice of law for one year beginning in November 2016.
The licensing agency found Inmon failed to carry out the obligations he owed a client in connection with a $10,000 fee he was paid. His license was reinstated in the fall.
There is no state law requiring Texas elected officials who are under indictment to surrender their seats, but personal matters involving criminal charges can create a major distraction for the accused and those who have to serve with them.
Precinct 5 voters who just elected Inmon to a sixth term on the school board would be best served if he tendered a voluntary resignation as he remains free on a $50,000 bond while awaiting trial.