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Roy takes my advice

When I blogged about a recent story in the Chron about some resume-stretching by Roy Morales, I suggested that he should turn his firing by the Houston Emergency Center as a positive. Well, he’s now written a letter to the editor doing exactly that.

But it is the description of my departure from the Houston Emergency Center that is the most incomplete. I should have been more forceful in explaining the circumstances. The fact is, I bucked the city bureaucracy because I thought decisions were being made that jeopardized the 911 response system and put the people of Houston at risk. Inexperienced people were installing new technology for which there was no written plan. And this was occurring at a time when the center was facing issues related to previous technology and electrical problems. So I spoke up. I said it could bring the system down. My superiors disagreed. I was given the option to leave, and I did. Faced with the same decision now, I’d do the same thing.

Better late than never, I guess. Morales spends much of the letter claiming that he was misrepresented by Alan Bernstein. That’s pretty much SOP for politicians about whom a story like this is written, though of course the original claims that Bernstein pushed him on were made in public forums. I’m not exactly sure how that’s anyone else’s fault, but hey, whatever gets you through the day.

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