DPS office supervisor put on administrative leave
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 18, 2006 - The supervising trooper at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Sulphur Springs was placed on administrative leave this week, according to Capt. Audra Livingston in the regional DPS office in Tyler.

But Livingston also said there have been no personnel changes.

"Basically, the supervisor of that area, Sgt. Tony McCollum, has been suspended with pay pending an administrative investigation," said Capt. Livingston. "At this time, he is the only one that's suspended on this investigation."

Livingston declined to discuss any reasons for the suspension or the internal investigation.

"On our internal administrative investigations, we don't discuss those," Livingston said.

The captain said the suspension of Sgt. McCollum was not related to the firings and suspension of more than half the troopers stationed in Bowie County in September.

Last month, the Associated Press quoted Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger as saying the firings and suspensions were the result of an internal investigation conducted over the past eight months.

Kyle Davis, who represents a 10-year veteran Bowie County trooper, told the AP that 13 troopers had received suspension letters and several had been fired.

The troopers, Davis said, were accused of changing dates on traffic stop warnings to meet the department's unwritten quotas and that officials were making an example out of officers in Bowie County.

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