HENDERSON — A Rusk County jury found Mount Enterprise Municipal Court Clerk and City Administrator Rosena Becker-Ross guilty last week on all three counts of asking the city’s former marshal to write traffic-offense citations to meet a quota.
Becker-Ross was sentenced to six months’ probation and given $2,000 in fines for the violations that occurred on three separate dates in June 2018.
She faced up to one year in jail.
Prosecutors from the Texas Attorney General’s Office said Becker-Ross violated Texas Transportation Code Section 720.002, which prohibits a political subdivision such as a city from evaluating, promoting, compensating or disciplining an officer or employee by establishing or maintaining traffic-offense quotas.
Prosecutors said Becker-Ross asked former Mount Enterprise City Marshal Parker Sweeney to issue a predetermined or specified number of traffic citations within a specified period of time last June.
Sweeney has since sued Becker-Ross, the city, Mayor Harvey Graves and Councilman Johnny Fryman in a civil suit in Rusk County.
According to the lawsuit, Sweeney accuses the city of terminating his employment Aug. 28 after only 3 1/2 months on the job after Becker-Ross told Sweeney “that he needed to write more traffic tickets in order to keep his job with the city.”
Judge J. Clay Gossett of the 4th District Court recused himself from the civil case on Feb. 8. Guy Griffin, presiding judge of the 123rd District Court in Panola and Shelby counties, has been appointed to the case, according to judicial records.