Editor’s Note: Last Friday, the Sun posted a story headlined “Hired for a Texas police post in early July, Commissioner Randall Aragon announces resignation this week.” It erroneously reported that, on July 2, the City of La Marque, Texas, had publicly announced Aragon’s hiring, effective Aug. 25, to a top law enforcement position in that city. The story begged the question of when City Commissioner Aragon knew he intended to depart Truth or Consequences, as the timing could have had implications for whether the person who would fill out the remaining two years of his term was to be elected by the voters or appointed by the commission.
Over the weekend Aragon sent the following text to Sun editor Diana Tittle, stating he was still in discussions with La Marque on July 2 and that his hiring took place on Aug. 25, the day he signed his contract. Tittle double-checked the City of La Marque website, where the hiring announcement was posted, and discovered that she had misunderstood the date of the posting. The date July 2 appeared at the top of the page on which the hiring decision was announced, but that announcement was (less prominently noted) a Sept. 2 update to the original July 2 posting reporting on leadership changes in city government
The Sun regrets the egregious error and apologizes to Aragon for overstating the delay with which he announced his departure. The original story has been corrected.
The text of Aragon’s clarification follows.
Enroute to my new position. Just a note about the article which was in your normal journalistic excellence. I was hired officially on August 25th—not in July (which was only in the discussion phase in July). Immediately after the contract signing (August 25th) I tendered my resignation at the municipal school district (on August 26th), which requires a 30-day notice—if I leave prior to 30 days (without district approval I would face censure on my teaching license via [New Mexico Public Education Department]). I asked the district to consider allowing me a two week notice; however, they indicated that could occur only if they hire my successor. I did not wish to resign my Commissioner post until I was sure when the district would allow me to depart. By September 13th it was clear that the district was going to keep my last day of work as September 24th (30 days): I then tendered my notice to the City Manager on September 13th as my last day would be after the September 22nd meeting.
I had verbally advised the City Manager of all mentioned above (i.e., dates, required notice, why I do not wish to resign until I know when I may depart the district, etc.).