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Bexar County Renews Security Services Contract

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Ryan Loyd | Texas Public Radio
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Bexar County Courthouse

Despite a staff recommendation for a different security company for Bexar County and one commissioner believing there's a conflict of interest; Commissioners Court renewed a contract with the current company, Blue Armor Security Services as a cost-saving measure.

County staff on Tuesday had recommended AMTEX to handle security for nearly $1.2 million a year for two years with the option of three one-year extensions.

However commissioners felt that Blue Armor was doing a good job and cost less than $1 million a year.  The vote was 4-to-1 with Commissioner Kevin Wolff being the lone dissenter.

The owner of Blue Armor, Willie Ng, is an employee of Bexar County, working as the chief investigator for the District Attorney.  Wolff thinks this is a conflict of interest.

“What that really means is that any employee, anyone elected, including us, have the right to apply for a county contract. And I, obviously, don’t agree with that,” Wolff said.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said that the attorney for urban counties has found no conflict of interest.