Harris County assistant district attorney fired after 2 days on job, authorities say

Statement from office says she lied on job application

By Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer

HOUSTON - A Harris County assistant district attorney was fired Wednesday after just two days on the job. 

Authorities told KPRC 2 Marlene Bovell lied on her employment application.
She started Monday as an assistant district attorney assigned to the Misdemeanor Division. 

In a statement, the Harris County public relations spokesperson Dane Schiller wrote, “When asked on her Harris County District Attorney Office job application if she had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime anywhere aside from minor traffic violations, she responded, ‘No.’ She admitted Wednesday that she had not been truthful on the application.”

Harris County authorities said prior to her hire, her background was checked through databases traditionally used by law-enforcement, to determine if a person has been previously arrested or convicted of a crime. The databases returned no information to indicate she’d had any previous encounters with law enforcement, according to authorities.

The Texas Board of Law Examiners, which licensed her to practice law in November 2017, conducts fingerprint checks of applicants.

Bovell worked at the Harris County District Clerk’s Office from July 2013 to July 2015 as an assistant district clerk.

Harris County authorities said background check procedures for all Harris County District Attorney’s Office applicants have been amended.

There’s no word yet on what interaction or interactions she’s had with law enforcement, but KPRC 2 is working to learn more and bring you confirmed information on Bovell’s background.

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