Fmr Commissioner Scott's Resignation Official

- The city of Electra is paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to Wichita County after losing its police force in 2013. Place 2 Commissioner, Margie Bentley Scott, was not there to hand in her resignation. She actually turned it in on March 5th.

However, reaction from many citizens was overwhelmingly in support of her resignation - especially since the city of Electra is in a financial struggle.

In the former bank now turned commission chambers, city chancellors officially accepted Commissioner Margie Bentley-Scott's resignation.

"(I'm) sad to see her gone," said City Commissioner Place 1, Tom Delizio.

"I am too," agreed Mayor Curtis Warner.

"But, we'll accept the resignation," continued Delizio.

"Any further discussions? Being none, all in favor of the motion please say 'aye'. Motion carries unanimous," said Delizio.

Attendees began clapping.

Last August, 146 residents signed a petition calling for a recall election for Scott amidst continuing controversy over the firing of former Police Chief, Johnny Morris a year before that. Scott had been one of two commissioners reportedly behind that effort.

Now, the city of Electra is still struggling ... owing Wichita County hundreds of thousands of dollars for the use of Wichita County Sheriff's deputies and dispatch workers while in search of a new police chief and force. The Electra PD is fully staffed now; but, the city will need to pay Wichita County thousands each month for a year to cover costs ... something that shocked one commissioner.

"The sheriff's department for dispatcher service ... is that the entire time or is that a designated," questioned City Commissioner Place 4, Pam Ward.

"No ma'am. That's for a two week period," Warner explained.

"$7,800 for two weeks," Ward again questioned.

"It was expensive," Warner declared.

"Yeah, it was," Ward agreed.

"This goes back to when Johnny Morris was terminated and our entire police department quit," explained Ward. "All the bills are still not in."

"We'll discuss that sometime in the future. But, we had to hire officers to replace our missing officers who walked out one night at midnight and that's a scary thing when you know your citizens are out there without police," Warner said.

It seems both city officials and some residents just want to move on now ... from former Chief Morris' firing and now after Scott's resignation.

"From the city stand point, I think it's a positive move. Maybe at this point we can move forward instead of living in the past," resident Scott Lamkey declared.

Now, former Commissioner Scott is living in Oklahoma City. The mayor of Electra said she was experiencing medical problems and moved to be closer to her pulmonary doctors. Her house has already sold.

In January, a settlement was reached with long-time Chief Morris ... almost a year after he filed a federal lawsuit against the city over his firing. The Electra City Commission unanimously agreed to pay Morris and his legal counsel $120,000.

Morris' lawsuit sited: age discrimination in employment, violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, and violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

As part of the settlement, Morris agreed to not seek any position with the city of Electra. The city revised his discharge status from  'general' to  'honorable' ... which was then filed with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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