Councilman removed from office
By 01/18/2007 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS - City councilman Tony Brown has been removed from office for missing too many meetings.
Brown has been incarcerated in the Dallas Coun-ty Lew Sterrett jail charged with shooting another man in a Dallas apartment complex in late August while visiting friends.
The city had revised its charter with regards to the participation of council members about two months ago.
The new charter stated any city council member missing three or more meetings had the right to appear before the council to explain why.
Since being held on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, Brown had failed to appear.
The city secretary said she sent Brown a registered letter to allow him the opportunity to appear before the rest of the council.
When he failed once again to appear, the council considered it a voluntary resignation and removed him from office during the first council meeting of the new year, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Since only two elections per year may be held in any city, according to state law, Brown's position would remain vacant until next May, when Glenn Heights residents seeking a position on the council could run.