Forest Hill mayor indicted for tampering with a government record

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Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert was indicted Wednesday on charges of tampering with a government record, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The Tarrant County grand jury found that Joubert didn’t properly witness signatures on petitions to recall former councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham, who was accused of misusing her office for personal gain, the newspaper reported. The council certified the petitions as having enough valid signatures of voters in Boardingham’s district to require a recall election.

Boardingham sued Forest Hill, questioning the validity of some signatures. A state district judge ruled in her favor earlier this year, blocking a recall election. However, Boardingham resigned in the spring to run for mayor and lost.

Joubert, who has denied any wrongdoing, told the Star-Telegram last week he was surprised by the indictment.

“I don’t have any thoughts right now,” he said. “I will call our city manager, city attorney and council members to let them know what happened.” 

Joubert, who won the mayor’s race in June in a runoff election and previously served in the post from 2011 to 2017, told the newspaper he wasn’t sure if he will continue to serve or resign.

The charge against Joubert is a felony with a possible sentence, upon conviction, of up to two years in prison.

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