JWP: A Timeline of a Troubled Tenure

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Dallas — John Wiley Price, the outspoken and often controversial commissioner, is now the focus of a federal indictment. The feds claim Price took nearly $1 million in bribes.

So, how did the probed Price land at the center of this investigation? Here`s a breakdown of his political path.

1985: Price was elected as the first African American Dallas County Commissioner, and represents District 3.

1990: Kwanzaa Fest made its debut; an event backed by the commissioner. The event, too, has come under scrutiny in recent years. Also in the 90s,ย  Price protested racial issues in Dallas. His opinionated outbursts often made headlines.

2000: JWP was featured in a calendar showing off his other assets. The spread demonstrated he was ‘Fit at 50.’

Yet, Price`s near 30-year tenure hasn`t been without its troubles.

“All of you are white; go to hell.” That controversial comment came during a commissioners meeting in 2011,ย  just months before the FBI launched its investigation into his suspected wrong doings.

2011: Agents seized over $200,000 in cash and items from Price’s home.

Now, three years later, a 10.5-year-long probe into Price resulted in 107-pages of accusations; accusations Price continues to deny.


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