Electra Place 3 City Commissioner Resigns after Three Months on the Job

Electra Place 3 City Commissioner Resigns after Three Months on the Job

After taking office in May, Sue Howell turns in letter of resignation as Electra Place 3 City Commissioner.
Less than 24 hours after the City of Electra named a new police chief, a newly elected city commissioner resigned. In May, Sue Howell beat out incumbent, Janice Cranford, for the Place 3 Electra City Commission seat. And Wednesday morning, she turned in her resignation.

Sue Howell says she thought she could make a difference representing Electra residents but says she quickly learned that was not possible. Howell made headlines last August with a petition to amend the Electra City Charter to include options that allow voters to make changes, remove elected officials and call elections in unusual situations.

The charter was amended and in May, Howell was elected as the Place 3 Electra City Commissioner. Then, after taking office she says she quickly realized making a difference would be difficult.

"It's always gonna be a three to two vote no matter what.  If Pam Ward and I say 'white,' they're gonna say 'orange' and I didn't see how that was possibly gonna change," Howell explains.

So Howell turned in her letter of resignation to city hall.

"It took me all night staying up and pacing the floor to make that decision cause I know that a lot for people depended on me but for my family's well being it was the best thing to do," Howell says.

And, Howell sends this message to voters.

"Thank you so much for having that much faith in me and that the only way you're gonna change things is you're gonna have to vote everybody out and start all over and keep pushing," Howell adds.

Electra city manager, Larry Pannell, says Howell's resignation was a surprise but says he respects and supports her decision. He anticipates the city commission to consider accepting her resignation during the September 9th meeting.

The Electra City Charter allows commissioners to appoint someone to fill her term but it also allows the commission to require Howell to continue serving until a qualified successor is appointed.
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