FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATED: August 8, 2011
CONTACT: Dave Welch
Assert that violations of decency standards
require change at Metro
Houston, TX - The Houston Area Pastor Council, an inter-racial, inter-denominational organization representing several hundred churches throughout greater Houston issued the following statement in response to the revelations that Metro President and CEO George Greanias used a government computer to access pornographic websites potentially involving minors:
"The appalling lack of decency, moral judgment and responsible decision making by Metropolitan Transit Authority CEO George Greanias in abusing the trust of the community by accessing pornographic materials on his government computer render him completely unfit for this position. The well known adage that who you are speaks louder than what you say, became tragically applicable with Mr. Greanias through his actions. Given that he was also very vocal in previously condemning some Metro employees who had done the same thing by stating they had "no place" at Metro*, his leadership is irreparably damaged."
"In a vital position of public trust we are far beyond the 'do what I say not what I do' methodology. It is unacceptable and further undermines the already historically low public trust of city government fraught with deception, mismanagement, arrogance and contempt for the people they are charged with serving. Even a single act of this type would be violation of both policy and public trust but the repetitive nature of Mr. Greanias' violations is clear evidence that he should not hold this position of leadership or any other with Metro."
"We believe it is the responsibility of the Metro board to do the right thing and release Mr. Greanias immediately. They should replace him with a leader who exhibits the character and integrity so vital in effective leadership. As it is their responsibility we will also hold them and Mayor Annise Parker accountable for taking that course of action. In addition, we will be requesting that the Harris County District Attorney's office review these websites and Mr. Greanias' actions to determine if violations of obscenity laws occurred. Even if his violations do not reach a level requiring prosecution, they clearly crossed the lines of decency and cannot be whitewashed by a temporary suspension."
The Houston Area Pastor Council represents a broad coalition of pastors leading churches of all major ethnic and denominational backgrounds to promote a united involvement in community affairs.
* - "Mayor Speaks With Suspended METRO CEO Over Porn Viewing On Job" KPRC Channel 2, 8/3/11