HICO - Former Hico Code Compliance Enforcement Officer Raul Chavez is in trouble for allegedly tampering with government records.

Kim Townsend, secretary for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, said Chavez turned himself in last Friday and bonded out the same day. She did not have information regarding the amount of the bond.

Townsend said the warrants came from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and therefore she did not have detailed information but there were three charges of tampering with a government record that is a state jail felony.

Hico City Administrator Lambert Little said officials with the Attorney General’s Office had asked him and others questions pertaining to the case.

“I terminated Chavez in early July,” Little said. “But, I can’t discuss personnel matters. He was already working for the city when I took over.”

Little said when Chavez worked for the city he was apparently issuing local electrical licenses with the program never having been approved by the city council, but he did not know if the items were related to the arrest.

Calls to Jose Gardea, sergeant of criminal investigations division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, were not returned.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at angelia.joiner@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 238.