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Mayor resigns and recants within 24 hours

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City manager gives two week’s notice

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – The past week of turmoil and controversy has started and ended with higher levels of city staff calling it quits (while some decide to stay).

Beginning with last week’s council meeting when it all started to erupt, in which councilwoman Carol Wright, asked for a detailed list of what animals are going in and out of the animal control facility.

"I don’t think it’s so hard to ask that," said Wright.

Records show more animals were adopted this past January than put to sleep compared with last year.

The subject hit too close to home with Mayor Jim Parks when he suddenly asked Wright if she thought it were better for the animals to be euthanized than placed into loving homes with families.

"You know, this is why I didn’t want to get into this tonight," said Parks.

"This is the kind of crap that just pisses me off and makes me want to resign, you know what, I’m going to read this letter right now."

Parks then preceded to step down from his seat after he read his letter. Throughout the meeting he accused the council/city of micromanaging.

"There are at least three people in this room that do it [micromanaging], you want me to start naming names, I’ll name them," said Parks.

When approached after the meeting he had no comment at this time.

In less than 24 hours he had officially withdrew his resignation because he said he couldn’t leave with unfinished business.

David Chavez, city manager, who implemented the dog-shooting policy last year, was expected to resign that evening answered, "No, not at this time, there are good times and bad times, you just got to ride them out sometimes you know. We’ll see."

A special meeting was called on Feb.23 where Chavez did in fact place his notice.

"The council was not satisfied with the direction I was going. My last two weeks begin as of last night," said Chavez.

"We are also now soliciting a new Finance Director- currently Susann Klein."

His last day will be March 9.

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