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The president of Harris County ESD #11, Tommy Ripley, has suddenly resigned amidst growing questions about the way the district ambulance service is spending your money.

Ripley is one of three safety commissioners elected after pledging to never replace ambulance contractor CCEMS. There is evidence the charity broke IRS tax laws to help Ripley and two other commissioners get elected.

Ripley has refused to take appropriate action to stop CCEMS from keeping secrets from you, even after the charity ambulance service was busted for turning its ambulance repair shop into a cash for car repair service.

CCEMS has also been charged with a crime by the Harris County District Attorney for refusing to share payroll records, even though the employees are paid with tax dollars.

Ripley has stood by while CCEMS has spent more than $500,000 on legal fees and battling criminal investigations, money that could be used to lower ambulance bills and buy medical supplies.

ESD #11 is one of the few emergency service districts in Texas where safety commissioners are elected.

Under current state law, the remaining commissioners get to appoint a replacement.

The choice to replace Ripley should be simple.

His name is Matt Folsom.

Folsom placed third in the vote for the two open commissioners’ spots during the 2018 ESD election.

“Every taxpayer in ESD 11 should watch this appointment very carefully,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The majority of ESD 11 commissioners have proven themselves to be lapdogs, not watchdogs, of public money. They are ostriches with their heads in the sand, and it no longer looks to be an accident. Their stewardship of more than $25 million of public funds has been shameful.”

The board of commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th at 7111 Five Forks Drive, Spring, Texas to accept the resignation of Tommy Ripley and consider a replacement.

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