Constable keeps working despite suspension

ELSA, TX Eduardo "Walo" Bazan, 70, remains suspended while he fights a 2006 felony theft conviction on charges he took a car seized by his deputies for his own personal use. But the Hidalgo County Commissioner's Court decided Monday to keep paying him until the high court decides whether to reconsider his case, The Monitor in McAllen reported in its online editions. The commissioners left Bazan's deputies in charge of his office.

"I kept wondering what am I supposed to do collect my money and not work?" he said. "So, I just show up every day and talk to my deputies."

Even though he intended to follow the court order saying he can't remain in office, Bazan said he couldn't stay away from work. He escorted a funeral procession hours after the Commissioner's Court debated how to manage his suspension.

"They got me out of the office of constable, but they can't kick me out of my office (building)," Bazan said.

District Attorney Rene Guerra threatened legal action against Bazan if he continues defying the court order.

"He better not show his face at that office, or I will arrest him," Guerra said.

Bazan is a five-term incumbent who is popular for his policies of patrolling the streets around schools.

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