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Floresville deadlocks on vote to fire city manager


Floresville deadlocks on vote to fire city manager
Floresville resident Sherry Martinez Castillo asks for clarification of legal requirements related to filling a city council vacancy during the Dec. 19 special meeting of the Floresville City Council.


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Wilson County News
December 26, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- She has been at the helm for less than three months, yet Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner faced the threat of termination during a special Dec. 19 meeting of the Floresville City Council.

When the council reconvened in open session after having spent slightly more than an hour in closed session, Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto moved to fire Turner, effective immediately, for allegedly acting in a manner that exceeded her contractual authority. The motion was seconded by Councilman Mario Morones, who joined Nieto in favor of severing Turner’s employment.

Councilmen John W. Guerrero and Eric Rodriguez voted in opposition of the move. But according to attorney Chris Hugg of the law offices of Louis T. Rosenberg -- the city’s legal counsel -- the city’s home-rule charter requires a majority vote of the council in order to terminate a city manager. Therefore, Mayor Diana Garza was not permitted to cast a vote to break the 2-2 tie.

Garza then asked if she was permitted to comment on how she would have voted if she had been permitted to break the tie, but Hugg advised the mayor against making such a statement.

A fifth council vote was not possible, due to a vacancy that occurred as a result of former Councilman Jim Miller’s Nov. 25 resignation, which the council accepted Dec. 12. Hugg cited verbiage in the state’s Election Code, which stipulates that a vacancy “occurs on the date the resignation is accepted by the appropriate authority or on the eighth day after the date of its receipt by the authority, whichever is earlier.”

Because the date of the vacancy is less than 12 months from Rodriguez’s Dec. 14, 2012, appointment to the council, this triggers a provision within the city’s home-rule charter that requires the city to hold a special election to fill the vacancy. The council voted unanimously to call the election for May 10, 2014, in which voters will choose someone to serve the remainder of Miller’s term due to end next November.

In other business, the council voted to grant the Floresville Economic Development Corp. an exemption from a contractual requirement to install curbs on all roads within the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537.

The council also voted unanimously to approve the second reading of an ordinance related to extending the 55 mph speed zone on U.S. 181 at the northern edge of the city limits. (See “TxDOT to slow U.S. 181 traffic,” Nov. 20.)

Floresville City Council special meeting Dec. 19. In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Mario Morones, John W. Guerrero, Johnny Ray Nieto, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Henrietta Turner, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Police Chief Lorenzo Herrera, Bailiff Albert Litterio, Attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg; and Executive Director Tommy Baker and President Andy Eubanks of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 3, 2014 12:33pm
 
People complain about cover ups and advocate open government and then complain about leaks. Go figure.

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
January 3, 2014 11:40am
 
What's the word on the May election ?

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
January 3, 2014 11:19am
 
Nope,not really. Jan is a boring news month...lol

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
January 3, 2014 10:53am
 
C'mon, that's old news. I read it here , so it wasn't a secret that he resigned. Can't you give us something better than that ?

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
January 3, 2014 9:44am
 
old news,the leak about Miller resigning.

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
January 3, 2014 8:28am
 
What leak ? Spill it. We need something to chew on. So tell us.

 
Tabasco  
Floresville,TX  
January 3, 2014 7:58am
 
EXACTLY Bobby!!! That's my point. Clear house and hire new staff. Someone at city hall leaked something. None of them can be trusted.

 
Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
January 2, 2014 4:34pm
 
It's them dang Duke boys always stirrin up a heap o' trouble!

 
James Zablosky  
Floresville, TX  
January 2, 2014 3:38pm
 
Floresville is just like Boss Hogg and Hazzard County. From the crooked Sheriff's Dept that are lazy and refuse to do their job with integrity to some of the people running the city (Mayor, FELPS!). When is everyone going to ... More ›

 
Bobby Silva  
Lodi  
January 2, 2014 11:38am
 
Hey Tabasco ! You dont know much. Miller got elected because of Garza and Morones ...he can't fool the people again. If u got rid of everyone at the city that was associated with Tejada,Garza,and Morones ...you might be left ... More ›

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