Former Mayor fined for ethics violations

Irving—The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) fined Herbert Gears for ethics violations that occurred during the 2017 Irving mayoral election.

During the election, Gears was accused of spreading false information about mayoral candidate Kristy Pena, falsifying the source of the information and filing late payment reports. The maximum possible fine for all three violations was $14,000, however the TEC fined Gears a total of $5,000.

Gears was not present at the hearing, but said via e-mail he would consent to paying the fine.

“Admittedly, in my experience, I should have known better,” Gears said in his e-mail. “I let my emotions get the best of me, and I understand I have to pay for it. I can assure you, fine or no fine, the commission has been successful in ensuring that I will never violate the rules again.”

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Ariel Graham
Ariel Graham is a staff reporter and Online Manager for Rambler Newspapers. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media & Communication in December of 2011. Prior to moving to Dallas, she worked for AM 790 KFYO in Lubbock, Texas, as a board operator and producer for “Lubbock’s First News” & “The Chad Hasty Show.” She also wrote a weekly technology blog “The Geek Girl Report,” as well as various news stories and podcasts for the station. Currently, in addition to her work with Rambler, she is also a freelance voiceover actress and is working on her blog and YouTube channel, “Super Geek Girl."