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There are two items involving the police department on the agenda for Thursdays Galveston City Council Meeting.  Both with be discussed in closed, executive session.

One of the items is to discuss the role of the city council in the negotiations with the Galveston Municipal Police Associations which bargains on behalf of Galveston police officers. Typically councils are not directly involved in these negotiations but act on reports given them by the city manager who, along with the city attorney, does the actually negotiations then reports to the council.  The council approves or disapproves the contract based on those reports. However, there are two new members on the council since last contract negotiations so this is to brief them and update them all on the procedures.

Another item being discussed in closed, executive session is the possibility of a lawsuit which may be filed against the city by Galveston Police Sergeant Annie Almendarez.  Almendarez has a complaint before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging sexual harassment by former police chief Henry Porretto.  The case is currently under investigation by the EEOC and the Justice Department and according the the Sergeants attorney, Scott Armstrong, as soon as that investigation is complete he will go forward with a lawsuit against the city in federal court on her behalf.

Porretto resigned under fire several months ago when allegations of sexual harassment by more than one female city employee became public.  The city allowed Porretto to resign without taking any disciplinary actions against him.  He soon was hired as Interim Police Chief for the small city of Mathis near Corpus Christi, where he remains.

Breck Porter, Editor

Porretto will continually haunt the GPD. Nothing was ever done to him while he was chief and know the chickens are coming home to roost. She is not the only one, just the only one to have the courage to come forward
Posted by LE at 7/27/2016 11:35:02 AM

Always been a pig he took advantage of his power and now he is on the run like the cockroach he is!
Posted by citiz3n at 7/27/2016 2:21:10 PM

Based on public information, this is what can happen when officials with the city permitted Porretto to resign without conducting an investigation into the complaint or taking any disciplinary actions against him.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 7/27/2016 3:50:03 PM

I said it a long time ago to Porretto, but his ego was too big to take anything into consideration. Writing letters to the city didn't help explaining his actions, grievances went unanswered and ignored, meetings went undetermined, co-workers didn't care, police officers covered up incidents, and nobody in city hall managed to even lift a finger to do anything! Now the city is having to fight good ole' boy Henry's battles without so much as even a slap on the wrist for him, while he packs up and leaves town! I hope Annie cleans out the city's entire budget and leaves them bankrupt! Sick of the corruption in this city's administration. Don't worry Annie, you're not alone in the fight, and there's still more exposure for good ole' boy Porretto to come!

Good for you Annie, CLEAN THEM OUT!
Posted by you_dont_stand_a_chance_Galveston at 7/27/2016 5:27:37 PM

Brian Maxwell should be fired over this! If he'd done his job and did an investigation then the truth would've come out. Neither Porretto or Almendarez are no angels but she'll get her payout and leave, which she's been trying to do.
Posted by Bob Smith at 7/28/2016 2:59:36 AM

Porretto has always acted macho and talked down to females in other departments. I have no doubts about the "allegations" listed in the Daily News. Annie has worked hard and is serious about it. She has earned the respect due her. Go Annie, Go.
Posted by lsmm at 7/28/2016 12:55:32 PM

If it is proven that Mr. Maxwell did indeed fail to do his job, I hope that the city will not be able to attempt to sweep this issue under the rug.
It appears as though this city has a habit of trying to cover up their misdeeds and mistakes. I hope there will be better accounting this time around.
Posted by Concerned Resident at 7/28/2016 5:03:22 PM

(KNOCK , KNOCK) Mr. Miller (former pres. of the NAACP-Galveston)I tried to tell you what he was doing but you ignored the facts, for your own personal gain. Remember you were the one having drinks with him to help the black community on Fridays. Rev Berkley, I tried to tell you too but you didn't listen because he made you chaplin of the PD. & don't worry Mr. "FatCat" I didn't forget about you. "YOU ALL TURNED YOUR BACK ON YOUR PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL GAIN" now show your face so I can tell you "I told you so." Freedom fighting is not a part-time gig.
Posted by truthbtold at 7/28/2016 6:35:10 PM

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