Dupree files complaint on court official

Posted on 17 May 2007 at 7:23pm
By John Wright Staff Writer

Gay constable says Commissioners Court administrator spread lies about him, hates gays



Beleaguered gay Constable Mike Dupree claims that Commissioners Court Administrator Allen Clemson has created a negative tone among commissioners that keeps the court from giving Dupree the resources he needs.

In the midst of the controversy surrounding his office, gay Precinct 5 Constable Mike Dupree has filed a hostile work environment complaint against Dallas County Commissioners Court Administrator Allen Clemson.

The complaint, filed April 26, alleges Clemson has spread false rumors about Dupree and insinuated that the constable may have stolen from the county.

The complaint also suggests Clemson’s motivation is that he hates gays.

Although, as an elected official, he does not work for Clemson, Dupree says the county’s chief administrator is hurting his reputation with the Commissioners’ Court, which controls the constable’s budget.

“He makes negative comments about me that create a tone that if Constable Dupree needs this, we’re not going to let him have it,” Dupree said.

Clemson denied the allegations, saying he believes they stem from Dupree’s frustration about ongoing investigations into the constable’s office.

“I think his accusations are inappropriate and an inaccurate description of the situation,” Clemson said. “He obviously is under a lot of pressure.”

Three of Dupree’s employees have filed petitions in state court asking that he be removed from office; an internal county investigation is ongoing into hostile work environment complaints filed against Dupree; and the state attorney general’s office is conducting a criminal investigation stemming from alleged sexual harassment by Dupree and his involvement with a 20-year-old Honduran native.

The man, with whom the constable had a close relationship, was deported after Dupree allegedly ordered his arrest, according to the Dallas Observer.
Dupree has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name. He says the allegations against him are part of a conspiracy fueled by homophobia among county government officials combined with a crackdown he made on moonlighting at other jobs by deputies.

“We have the facts in hand that will prove the conspiracy, and we’ll be revealing that probably within a matter of days,” Dupree said Wednesday, May 16.

In his complaint against Clemson, Dupree alleges the administrator spread rumors that the constable was misusing county personnel by assigning deputies to work for a Dallas Police Department vice squad.

Dupree maintains his office has a partnership with DPD that includes prostitution enforcement.

The complaint also alleges Clemson suggested Dupree was involved in criminal activity after he reportedly was spotted removing papers and filing cabinets from his office after hours.

In fact, Dupree says, he was helping to move the belongings of his assistant chief deputy into the office. The assistant chief deputy was transferring from another precinct.

“Allen Clemson has a hostile attitude toward me, and it is very apparent by his prejudice attitude and his smart aleck comments to me that he hates gays,” the complaint states.

Clemson said his long track record proves the constable’s statement is false.
“Hate does not have a place in this arena,” Clemson said.

The complaint has been forwarded to the Commissioners Court and the district attorney’s office, Clemson said. However, neither he nor Dupree expects it will go anywhere.

“I think it just gets discarded,” Clemson said. “It’s just a letter expressing some frustration, I think.”

Dupree criticized county officials for failing to respond to the complaint in the same manner they have responded to complaints against him.

“All of this has been a setup from the beginning,” he said. “I think it will be swept under the rug, just like other things get swept under the rug.”

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office declined to comment.

E-mail wright@dallasvoice.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 18, 2007

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