San Patricio County Attorney David Aken surprised Aransas Pass city council members on Monday, Sept. 17, when he closed the meeting by telling them he and District Attorney Patrick Flanagan are impressed with the Aransas Pass Police Department.
Aken hadn’t made an appointment to be on the agenda, speaking instead at the end of the meeting during a period set aside for public comments.
“It’s good to be here and not be asking for something,” Aken joked to begin, but then turned more serious.
“Y’all don’t see all the little things about a (police) department that I do up in (the county seat of) Sinton – all the reports and answers to requests and little things like that … The whole department now is just doing great,” he said.
Aken’s comments came on the heels of the firing of long-time criminal investigation division commander Capt. Roberto Gonzales on Aug. 17 after Flanagan reportedly complained to Police Chief Eric Blanchard of mismanagement of evidence and reports in the department.
Another officer, Steven Anderson, also has been fired after Assistant Police Chief Jesse Leal said he admitted to inappropriate threats against a woman’s boyfriend and to sending inappropriate text messages to her. Leal conducted the investigation into the complaints against Anderson.
But Aken seemed to put those incidents in the past when he spoke to the council.
“I shared with the district attorney that I was going to come tell you about it, because you don’t get people coming from Sinton to tell you good news very often,” he said.
He said Flanagan wasn’t able to appear with him, but that “he demanded that I tell you that he’s in absolute agreement with everything I’ve said.”