WilCo Judge Gattis charged with official oppression over alleged threat to Sheriff Chody
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office says that Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis has been charged with official oppression over an alleged threat made to WilCo Sheriff Robert Chody.
The alleged threat happened Tuesday after a commissioners court meeting. That's when Judge Gattis told Chief Deputy Tim Ryle, "Tell your sheriff to stop tweeting or I'll zero out your budget." The judge pointed his finger at Ryle's chest as he said it, but did not touch him, according to Ryle.
"At first I was in disbelief, I thought it was a joke," said Sheriff Chody.
Ryle said what Judge Gattis did was "bullying" and "Illegal."
Sheriff Chody told CBS Austin that he gave the deputy the OK to file the official oppression misdemeanor charge, but he's not sure what happens next. "It's uncharted territory," Sheriff Chody said.
Sheriff Chody is a prolific tweeter, but it's unclear what exactly the judge's issue with it is. Chody suspects the tweet below may have irked county officials.
"When you see something negative, let's say, in reference to the county, why am I (tweeting?) That's because it gets a result," said Sheriff Chody.
When asked, Judge Gattis' office declined comment.