A story you won’t read in tomorrow’s Star-Telegram

Laid-off Fort Worth Star-Telegram Watchdog columnist Dave Lieber won two top prizes at Friday night’s 2013 First Amendment Awards Dinner from the Society of Professional Journalists/Fort Worth chapter. Columnist Lieber, who lost his job after 20 years in January, was the only Star-Telegram staffer who won the contest. SPJ is America’s oldest journalism organization, founded […]

Watchdog Nation reveals New Mexico crime ring preying on Texas senior citizens

A New Mexican identity theft crime ring steals its information from an unlikely source. Millions of Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal information are culled from Tarrant County, Texas court records. There are many victims. Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation reveals it all.

How to give the city water company a dose of its own medicine

When your water bill seems to high and you call to complain, the service rep always says, “The meter is accurate. Pay the bill.” Here’s the story of a man who proved that adage wrong and also ended up with $19,000 of the water company’s money.

Utility price increases often start earlier than you think

When a municipal utility announces a rate increase, consumers tend to think that it occurs on the day it is supposed to go into effect. Actually, most municipalities start the increase as the billing date — which means the rates take effect much earlier.

Assistant city manager in patronage flap resigns

Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber shows the story behind the surprise resignation of a Fort Worth City Hall assistant city manager who quietly helped orchestrate pay raises for a select few City Hall workers and managers at a time when nobody else was getting a raise.

Part I: A City Hall human resources director faces a lonely battle against patronage

This is a story about patronage, which still exists in the 21st century despite attempts to bring sound management practices to government. Patronage is about jobs and money. Patronage is about flouting the rules. Patronage is about running over little people who raise a stink.

Part II: When 100 City Hall workers out of 4,500 get raises, that’s patronage at its finest

Part II: In hard times, when everybody is supposed to sacrifice, somehow a lucky few get pay raises. When it happens at City Hall, it’s the people’s business. This story, first shared with readers of the Dave Lieber Watchdog column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, led to a morale crisis at City Hall. Patronage is alive and well in 21st century Texas, even in a city that prides itself on doing things “the Fort Worth way.”

Fort Worth Official resigns after boss finds backlog of open-records requests

This story about a Fort Worth City Hall lawyer who lost his job because of his failure to handle open-records requests is one of three winning columns by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber in the 2012 column contest sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Fort Worth City Hall lawyer loses job over open records failure

A City Hall lawyer who failed to adequately fulfill an open records request by Watchdog Nation founder Dave Lieber gets “separated” from his job four days apologizing.

A short video of the Texas Recycling Police

How many Recycling Police Officers does it take to open a recycling bin lid?