Marfa Police Chief Files Discrimination Complaint Against the City of Marfa

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MARFA - Ethnic discrimination.  That's what the Chief of Police in Marfa is saying and what may start as a discrimination complaint could soon turn into a legal battle.

Marfa Police Chief J.D. Wilbourn has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint (EEOC) against the City of Marfa on ethnic descrimination. 

NewsWest 9 spoke to Chief Wilbourn on Saturday afternoon and he confirmed that the complaint was filed on June 8th. 

Wilbourn claimed the City discriminated against him while failing to give him a raise on an equal basis with Hispanic employees; he is also claiming retaliation. 

Wilbourn filed a complaint with a lawyer as part of the requirement to file a federal lawsuit. 

NewsWest 9 spoke to Chief Wilbourn over the phone, and according to his lawyer, he felt it was best he did not do an on camera interview. 

Marfa City Administrator Jim Mustard said he could not comment on personnel and legal issues.