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Councilman resigns after FBI story broke

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN– Dusty Fryer, place 1 councilman for the past 10 years, turned in his letter of resignation a day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation was publicly linked to a city real estate deal.

City Secretary Lou Jameson reported the acceptance of his leaving will be on the Aug. 25 council agenda as well as the decision to hold a special election to fill his remaining term on Nov. 3.

In a letter to his fellow councilmen, Fryer stated, "It is with considerable regret that I now inform you that I must resign from my position as Place 1 council member.

"My decision to resign is based solely on personal needs and for these reasons this resignation is effective immediately."

While Fryer cites personal and family reasons, the FBI, at the request of Councilman Ken Chambers, obtained documents relating to the deal for the old First Baptist Church spending $4 million on purchasing and renovating, converting the building to a new police and courts facility for the city.

Mayor Boyce Whatley, involved in the purchase, feels Chambers is mistaken on a number of issues, but does regret the loss of such a longtime city leader.

"I regret that Dusty is needing to step down but understand the need to do so," said Whatley.

"For 10 years he has served his constituency well and many accomplishments were achieved during his tenure."

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