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WILMER – “I have a letter asking for the resignation of the mayor,” said Brian Sliter during the citizen comments portion of the council meeting Thursday, Aug. 18.

“Come see me.”

Sliter is known for creating headlines nationwide when he ran for the mayor’s seat himself in 2008, running for public office as a registered sex offender. 

When contacting Mayor Jeff Steele for comment, he said whomever is behind this isn’t aware of law.

“If they know the law they can petition all they want,” said Mayor Jeff Steele.

“It’s just upsetting the peace and demeanor of our city.”

While not wanting to comment on anything pen-ding, Steele confirmed  Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins has been notified of various actions by newer members on council.

The new council was voted in this May and includes Mayor Pro Tem Hector Pena, Councilman Robert Wells and Councilwoman Candy Madrigal.

They too, have filed a lawsuit, this one against Steele.

“He is a liar and contradicts himself,” said Pena.

“You see what I have to deal with?”

Pena and Steele have been at odds with each other since before Pena won election in May and now Pena wants to know why he can’t have items he requests on the agenda , including key city administrators.

“The current new council needs to know they act as legislators and not administrators,” said Steele.

“There has been no evidence as to why we should be pulling dedicated city employees before council.”

Steele mentioned until there is some basis on what and why employees need to be put on the agenda, it’s not relevant to an open discussion. 

According to Steele, the former council filed a similar lawsuit against him three years ago.

“They [former council] are no longer here and we will see the outcome of the courtroom once again.”


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wilmercitizen 08/29/2011 00:09:53
At least one citizen had the cajones to publicly declare what many residents would like to see.
This comes on the heels of the 44th District Court in Dallas County issuing a TRO to the Mayor in a lawsuit filed by a majority of the City Council regarding the issues placed on the meeting agendas. Mayor Steele faced this three years ago by an outgoing council that got unseated in the election and lost standing. This time it's the newly elected Council, all with two full years left on their terms. Trial is set for September 6th - perhaps the Citizen calling for the Mayor's resignation will get to see the Mayor leave office.
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