Monday, September 20, 2021
75.1 F
Fort Worth

Railroad Commission gets heated over executive director

🕐 1 min read

Railroad commissioner to chair: “This isn’t a dictatorship” (video)

Sept. 19, 2017

In a livestreamed Tuesday meeting, Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and the board’s chair, Christi Craddick, sparred over questions about the fate of the agency’s executive director, Kimberly Corley.

Sitton accused Craddick of trying to oust Corely, who has been in her post since late 2015, without consulting the commission’s two other members.

“This isn’t a dictatorship,” he told Craddick at one point.

Craddick said she recently met with Corely and indicated she was given an option to resign. She scolded Sitton for bringing up the issue in front of the public.  

“I think it’s unfortunate that you decided to embarrass yourself and Kim, frankly, today and have this conversation,” she said. 

Sitton said he planned to formally ask Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton whether Craddick’s handling of the matter violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

Both Craddick and Sitton’s offices declined to comment following the meeting. A Railroad Commission spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a question about whether Corley had resigned or been terminated.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/09/19/railroad-commissioner-chair-isnt-dictatorship/.

Texas Tribune mission statement

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Related Articles

Our Digital Sponsors

Latest Articles

Not ready to subscribe?

Try a few articles on us.

Enter your email address and we will give you access to three articles a month, to give us a try. You also get an opportunity to receive our newsletter with stories of the day.

Get our email updates

Stay up-to-date with the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in the Fort Worth.

  • Restaurants
  • Technology
  • and more!

FWBP Morning Brief

FWBP 5@5

Weekend Newsletter

  • Banking & Finance
  • Culture
  • Real Estate