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Section A: General News


Flores granted leave of absence


Flores granted leave of absence
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Wilson County News
May 2, 2012
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FLORESVILLE --Floresville city Councilman Jesse Christopher Flores has not been present for a regularly scheduled city council meeting since March 8.

During the April 26 council meeting, Mayor Daniel Tejada read a letter from Flores, which stated that the councilman was working in Oklahoma until June. In the letter, Flores asked the council to grant him a leave of absence -- a request that they unanimously granted.

“Mayor, does the charter allow for something like this?” asked Councilman John W. Guerrero. “[Flores] is the mayor pro tem also.”

Tejada asked City Attorney Louis Rosenberg for further clarification. Rosenberg, who said he did not have a copy of the city’s home-rule charter that he could review on the matter, did not express any qualms over the council granting Flores’ leave of absence. Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo moved to approve the request and Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez seconded the motion prior to its passage.

The council’s vote was not fully compliant with Section 3.02 of the charter, which states that if a mayor or councilman is “absent from three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings without valid excuse, the city council may at its next regular meeting declare a vacancy to exist and shall fill said vacancy ...”

In addition to the April 26 meeting, Flores missed regular meetings held March 22 and April 5.

The council also was informed by resident Delores Kieke of another charter violation, which was committed when City Manager Andy Joslin decided to hire former Councilman Gloria Estrada Martinez to work as an administrative assistant in the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center. Martinez and Castillo are first cousins.

Section 13.03 of the charter, which relates to nepotism, states that “No person related within the second degree by affinity (marriage), or within the third degree by consanguinity (family blood) to any elected officer of the city, or to the city manager, shall be appointed to any paid office, position or clerkship or other service of the city.”

According to an exhibit titled “Texas Nepotism Chart,” which is part of the 2011 ordinance that created the city’s ethics policy, a first cousin falls within the second degree of consanguinity, which would disqualify Martinez from city employment.

After the meeting, Joslin said he would “look into it.”

City resident Paul Sack alerted the council to its repeated violation of charter Section 3.10. This section, amended in 2009, allows citizens one minute of time for input “on the subject of any and all consideration and action items as they come up on the council agenda prior to the council vote. No prior sign up by citizens will be required for their input on agenda items.”

The council has, on numerous occasions, required citizens wishing to speak to sign up prior to the beginning of the meeting.

In attendance: Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada, councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo, John W. Guerrero, and Johnnie R. Gomez, Cyndi Nichols of the city permits office, City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Margaret Aranda, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, interim Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Leal-Palacios.

For more on this meeting, see article page 1A.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Annie Body  
Floresville, TX  
May 8, 2012 8:19pm
 
Well if re-elections would have been in May the way they were supposed to be Mr. Flores along with the Mayor would have been out out anyway. I see this as a good thing, alteast Mayor pro tem has a job now. After all, he was unemployed ... More ›

 
Ms. S. V.  
Floresville  
May 7, 2012 1:50pm
 
so is everybody going to go to the FEDC public hearing tonight?

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
May 7, 2012 1:46pm
 
The investigation should start with the city attorney. It is his job to keep them in line with the law. He keeps saying he does not know what the charter says. And that is his answer. I can't believe the stupidity of these ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
May 7, 2012 1:34pm
 
This council is full of corruption. When your assigned to a position that makes dcisions, one should read the city charter and maybe your ethics manuals before coming to or making a decision. A blatant disregard of the charter. ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
May 7, 2012 11:19am
 
What I find funny is that no one is looking at the charter. Did everyone, in city hall forget it was there? Mrs. Martinez, should know that she could not be assigned to a position within the city administration because she served ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
May 6, 2012 7:15pm
 
This goes to show you that Gomez and Castillo are simply puppets to king Danny. First the City Attorney doesnt know the what the city charter says and Castillo motioned to approve it with Gomez following. How about you both ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
May 2, 2012 11:23am
 
So, with Flores having the leave of absence all this means is that there will for sure be a tie for any voting for a sports complex and the mayor is afford the opportunity to be the tie braker, humm...wonder which way he will ... More ›

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