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I think many of you know that the architect of the Uvalde disaster, police chief Pete Arredondo had been elected to Uvalde’s City Council before the massacre and sworn in after it. This left many Uvalde residents deeply unhappy. Many of his constituents were seeking to remove him. However the city charter does not have provisions to remove him from city council for his incompetence as police chief, and he cannot be recalled because he was just sworn in and has not been in office long enough. The mayor was explaining this to one irate citizen after another.
Then one of his constituents addressed the city council and offered them a lifeline. Listen:
Uvalde City Council: Extremely inspired by the lady who lives 2 doors down from the school coming up w the plan to sack Arredondo. No leave of abs. If he misses 1 more mtg he's out. If he wants to keep his job he has to show. She studied & found a technicality no one else had. pic.twitter.com/uigygoDxMu
— 🦉Serene (@MythSerene) June 22, 2022
Yup. It seems Arredondo has been absenting himself from city council meetings to avoid facing Uvalde’s outraged citizenry. And the city charter has a provision that if a councilman misses three meetings in a row the rest of the council could boot him from the council. Item Six on the agenda that night was a vote to grant an extended leave of absence to Arredondo, which would have relieved him of the obligation to attend. Guess how that vote went after the good lady pointed out what happened.
Your move chief. He can remain on the council — if he attends the next meeting.
It is the most small-town Texas solution to an apparently insoluble problem I have seen in a long time.Published in