Northeast Tarrant

Forest Hill mayor indicted, accused of tampering with government records

Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert is photographed at Memorial Park in Forest Hill on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert is photographed at Memorial Park in Forest Hill on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Star-Telegram

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert Wednesday on charges of tampering with a government record.

The grand jury ruled that Joubert did not properly witness signatures on petitions to recall former councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham.

The petitions alleged that Boardingham misused her council office for personal gain.

Boardingham sued the city over the petition, alleging that it was addressed to the city instead of the city council and questioning the validity of some of the signatures.

Earlier this year, a state district judge ruled in favor of Boardingham, and the recall election did not go forward.

Joubert has denied any wrong-doing.

Joubert won a runoff election in June. He previously served on the city council and was also mayor from 2011-2017.

Joubert said the indictment surprised him, but he declined to discuss the details.

“I don’t have any thoughts right now,” he said. “I will call our city manager, city attorney and council members to let them know what happened.”

Joubert said he does not have an attorney.

Joubert said he did not know whether he would resign or continue to serve as mayor.

As of Friday afternoon, the city’s website did not list any specially called council meetings. Tuesday’s regular meeting has been canceled.

Tampering with a government record is a felony offense with a range of 180 days to two years in a state jail.

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