Harris County

Grand Jury Indicts Mayor Turner’s Former Press Secretary For Not Turning Over Public Records

Darian Ward resigned from her position with the City of Houston in January

A Harris County grand jury has indicted Darian Ward, who worked as press secretary for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, for failing to turn over public records.

A Harris County grand jury has indicted Darian Ward, former press secretary of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, for failing to turn over public records.

In an email distributed Thursday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office attached the document regarding the indictment, which notes that Ward “failed and refused to give access to and to permit and provide copying of public information to Trent Seibert as provided by the Texas Government Code Chapter 552.”

Seibert is currently editor of the Texas Monitor, which he founded. Previously, he worked for KTRK Channel 13, the ABC affiliate station in Houston.

The indictment says that Ward failed to turn over all the emails sent from her account as the City’s press secretary from February 1, 2014, to October 20, 2017, related to topics dealing with her personal business in the companies Joy in Motion and Joy in motion productions.

According to the indictment, Ward also failed to turn over emails regarding “other non-city and non city work-related related topics” and misrepresented the number of emails meeting that description.

Ward resigned as press secretary in January.

Mayor Turner, who is currently on a trade mission in South America, said in a statement that he expects “every city of Houston employee to comply with the Texas Public Information Act.”

You can read the indictment here:

Darian Ward Indictment

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