Setting the record straight

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I’ll give credit where it’s due. I’m not always accurate in my reporting.

We rely on our sources to tell us the truth and sometimes we don’t have the time or resources to verify the information we’re given before press time. We trust that people aren’t lying to us – and most of the time they’re not. But people do “round up” numbers, which was likely the case when we were told that former City Manager Larry Kuciemba’s buyout was $50,000, when, according to Kuciemba, it was closer to $44,000. Councilwoman Jennifer Sullivan has posted on social media that the amount was “$48,031.34 and includes unused sick and vacation time.”

I also learned after the fact that there are about eight sides to the city’s YMCA issue.

Sometimes Kimberly is spelled Kimberlee or Scott is spelled Scot, and you know what happens when you assume. Every reporter is guilty of a dumb mistake like this. That doesn’t make it less embarrassing, but it does happen.

We try. We really, really do. We also are actual human people with families and hobbies and feelings. There’s some old saying about how doctors bury their mistakes, architects cover them with vines and journalists put them on the front page of the newspaper. 

So please bear with me as I try to get a grasp on the Sealy city budget, the YMCA back story and, well, pretty much everything else.

Which brings me to the Chris Noble story. We’ve caught a lot of flak for putting out information when the facts and details are sparse – but I can only imagine if our readers found out in the Houston media that a Sealy department director was placed on paid administrative leave. We’d be accused of not doing our jobs.

We’ve talked to Chief Noble extensively. He understands that there’s a story when a prominent city official is placed on leave, and he understands it’s our obligation to report on it. And we understand that he doesn’t want to comment right now.

We’ll tell you what we know when we know it. We will do our best to be fair and accurate and thorough. We will fail sometimes but it won’t be for a lack of trying.

April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or editor@sealynews.com

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