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Spring Valley Village Police Chief Loyd Evans in hot water for allegedly self-approving nearly $300,000 in overtime

SPRING VALLEY VILLAGE, Texas (KTRK) – Spring Valley Village Police Chief Loyd Evans is on paid leave after a city investigation found he paid himself nearly $300,000 in hours additional since 2020 and had signed their time sheets.

The allegations were revealed at a special meeting of the city council last week. A meeting was read into the filing that Evans was paid $189,038 in overtime in 2020 and $96,040 in overtime in 2021. This is in addition to his base salary of $151,000. The city attorney said Evans apparently signed and authorized the scorecards himself.

ABC13 surrendered to the Spring Valley Village Police Department on Wednesday, but the doors were locked. We asked if anyone was available to talk to the police chief, but a voice on the intercom only said, “You’re going to have to talk to the city attorney.”

ABC13 also tried to contact every member of the city council and the mayor on the matter. But the only elected official we located was Pro Tem Mayor Allen Carpenter, who called the matter a “personnel matter” on which he could not comment. Carpenter then turned on his leaf blower.

Sources said Evans didn’t take it well when city leaders confronted him about overtime pay. Some of this was alluded to in the city attorney’s letter and read aloud at the special April 1 city council meeting.

The origin of this situation for which this special meeting is called was a special meeting that took place on February 22 of this year to discuss the harmonization of jobs and the proposed salary scales for city employees. As a result of this meeting and discussion, additional information was later provided which revealed that in 2020 and 2021 very significant overtime was paid by the city to an exempt employee. Only in rare cases and under specific conditions does city policy allow overtime for exempt employees. This single exempt employee during a nine-month period in 2020 received $189,038 in OW plus base salary. In 2021, these OT payments continued for an additional $96,040 plus base salary.

This information was not well received by the representatives of your city. The lack of openness, transparency or even awareness of the person responsible for distributing these OT funds (who was also the recipient of these funds) left your city officials questioning the judgment and their confidence in this person to continue his role with the city.

As a result, the duly appointed police commissioner and the reserve deputy police chief of Spring Valley Village have been invited by the mayor and pro-tem mayor to meet with this individual to initiate a discussion regarding this individual’s willingness to stand. engage with the council to formulate a retreat/severance agreement with the city. Unfortunately, this meeting did not go well or did not have the expected result.

Shortly after this meeting, the police commissioner was contacted by telephone by this individual. The outcome of this conversation, based on the advice of the City Attorney, led to the placing of this person’s current status on administrative leave and the revocation of all access to non-public areas of the City (including the police).

Following a confrontation between Evans and city leaders, a police officer is now stationed outside the home of Spring Valley Village Mayor Marcus Vajdos for security reasons.

Spring Valley Village attorneys work with Evans’ attorney on a separation plan. His lawyer released the following statement:

“Chief Loyd Evans denies any wrongdoing with the town of Spring Valley Village. He hopes for an amicable separation from his employment with the town.”

The handling of the situation surprised former federal prosecutor Michael Wynne, who now specializes in white-collar criminal defense work.

“Fire this guy right now,” Wynne said after reading the city attorney’s letter. “Look, I’ve seen people being chased and investigated by the FBI for much, much, much less, and this guy still gets paid? That’s just outrageous, especially in a small community like this.”

Evans’ lawyer argues that all overtime will be counted and that the police chief was “breaking his ass” during the COVID-19 pandemic to cover up other officers who have fallen ill.

The two parties are still discussing behind closed doors. However, a public meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday. It is expected that Evans will end his employment at that time, although it is not certain that this separation will be amicable.

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