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Miller resigns amid deal with DA


Miller resigns amid deal with DA
In this screenshot taken from a Facebook page called “FTP-FloTownPolitics,” a post related to former Floresville city Councilman Jim Miller’s resignation letter appears online within the hour after he hand-delivered it in Floresville City Hall, prompting questions of a possible leak. This is one of numerous posts aimed specifically at Miller.


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November 27, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Jim Miller no longer is a member of the Floresville City Council, following his resignation Nov. 25.

Since Miller was elected to the council in the 2012 municipal election, the city has implemented an insolvency plan and the push toward a comprehensive land-use plan is ongoing. While he acknowledged that the city is in a better position because of actions of the city council taken during his time as councilman Place 1, Miller said, “But you get to a point where you have to focus on what pays the bills and [on your wife and family].”

According to a pre-trial agreement signed by Miller, his attorney Steven Hilbig, and District Attorney Rene Peña of the 81st Judicial District, Miller agreed to resign and not file for candidacy on the city council during the next regular election cycle. He also agreed not to violate any penal law, “excluding traffic offenses or similar Class C misdemeanors, for a period of six months from the date of the agreement.”

The resignation stems from Miller’s application for a place on the general election ballot, filed Aug. 13, 2012, in which Miller indicated that he had lived in the city for 5 years, 8 months and that this information was false. Miller acknowledged in the agreement that his admission might be used against him if a formal charge of Tampering with a Governmental Record is later filed against him.

In a press release, Peña said, “Mr. Jim Miller has accepted responsibility for Tampering with a Governmental Record, a state-jail felony, regarding his intentional, false statement on his application in order to be placed on the city of Floresville ballot.”

Peña also said, “At this time, this matter has been resolved in the interest of justice.”

During the course of the district attorney office’s investigation, Peña said it reviewed various pieces of information, including a recording of a 2011 city council meeting in which Miller allegedly stated that he did not reside in the city.

Eight days after Miller applied for a place on the ballot, former Floresville City Secretary Margaret Aranda -- the election judge -- filed a report with Patrolman Kevin Swinehart of the Floresville Police Department alleging that Miller falsified his application. The matter was referred to the district attorney’s office.

Miller was kept off the ballot until the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that his name be placed on the ballot.

Then in May 2013, Miller revealed that he was the subject of a criminal investigation by Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell, which Peña had ordered.

Miller said Nov. 25 that he had hand-delivered his resignation letter -- addressed to Mayor Diana Garza, City Manager Henrietta Turner, and City Secretary Sherry Pollok -- to Floresville City Hall. Turner acknowledged that she received the letter at 10:53 a.m. and that she subsequently informed the remaining councilmen of Miller’s resignation.


Leak in City Hall?

While Garza said during a telephone interview just after noon that she had not seen the resignation letter, a Facebook page titled “FTP FloTownPolitics” made mention of it at least 30 minutes prior. Garza said she was unaware of how the information might have leaked from City Hall, but that such a breach was unacceptable.

The FloTownPolitics page -- which is liked by at least four current and former elected city officials -- long has blasted Miller for various reasons, including an alleged sexual assault investigation in Floresville. Both Turner and the Floresville Police Department have told the Wilson County News there is no such investigation.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
December 26, 2013 9:30am
 
E-Waste Locations,unfortunatly there's nothing in Wilson County...YET..Working on it... For now, Corona Vision 411 N. Medina San Antonio 210-521-7612 .... Technology Recycling 5500 Brewster St San Antonio 210-967-8500.. Hope ... More ›

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
December 26, 2013 9:15am
 
Wilson County Health & Public Safety Office will have info for recycling and future hazardous waste pickup 830-393-8503.

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
December 23, 2013 5:25pm
 
Thanks Mr Gibbs. I will look for the next announcement.

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
December 23, 2013 11:26am
 
Retiredlavernia, check with your precinct commissioner. The county regularly holds household hazardous waste collection days, in which those items are freely accepted. With refrigerators, however, they must have a sticker ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
December 22, 2013 3:44pm
 
Since so many people are reading this thought I would ask where can I dispose of old TVs, computer monitor, mini fridge, old microwaves safly in Wilson county

 
El Zorro Plateado  
Nueces Strip, Texas  
December 20, 2013 10:13am
 
You people should all go back and study the history of Crystal City. There is right and there is wrong and protecting those who are wrong hurts everyone. That is the lesson to be learned from Crystal City. Those who broke Crystal ... More ›

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
December 19, 2013 12:11pm
 
Not one of them is a leader, including Miller.

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
December 19, 2013 12:01pm
 
When we go to the polls, we elect our Mayor and Council to lead the city.

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
December 19, 2013 11:03am
 
And as far as the politics in this town. I don't know if some people who are trying to control this town politically were picked on and bullied as a kid and are now trying to make people pay for it or what. But the people in ... More ›

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
December 19, 2013 10:56am
 
I guess what frustrates me most is the negativity of everything. I consider myself conservative leaning more libertarian. I really could give a crap less what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes. I don't ... More ›

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