BOWIE (KFDX/KJTL)— “Unwittingly, bowie is a little notorious for resignations so we do this at least a couple times during the term,” Mayor of Bowie Gaylyn Burris said.
Resignations, special election drama, Bowie City Council has seen a vacant seat for almost two months after precinct one north councilor Thomas Kent sent in his letter of resignation.
In a surprise move, Kent was then one of the three applicants for the position, Joining Laura Hefley and Tawni Jones.
But it was Hefley who got the nod in a four to one vote, finally putting the council back at full strength.
“To have the council full again is fantastic because we’re about to go into the budget season and then as you know, we’ve been hit with a tornado and right before that was COVID, so we’ve got a lot of corners we’ve got to cut and we got to have a lot of good heads in the game when it’s time to make those decisions,” Burris said.
Both Mayor Gaylyn Burris and Hefley agree that her experience as a business owner and her upbringing in bowie will help her on council.
“My folks, both of them were very involved in the community, back in the day, and so it’s just exciting to step into their shoes and continue on,” Newly appointed Councilor Laura Hefley said.
“She comes from a family that is very civic-oriented, her father served civically before so this won’t be new to her plus she is a very very integral part of our city as a business owner,” Burris said.
And although Bowie has seen it’s a fair share of resignations and council drama, Hefley isn’t worried about butting heads with anyone already on council.
“I don’t have a problem working with people and personalities so I think we will fit together pretty well and do a great job,” Hefley said.
With the city Council back to full capacity, Burris and the rest of council can look ahead to brighter days.
Bowie City Councilors appointed Laura Hefley as the new city councilor Monday evening.
City officials made the final decision with a 4-1 vote.
Thomas Kent resigned in an effort to cause a special election to fill the empty mayor seat at the time, however, that did not work.
Thomas Kent, Henry Insurance Agency Owner Laura Hefley, and the Rack Pub and Eatery Owner Tawni Jones were all in the running for the vacant seat.
Tonight on KFDX 3 News at 10 p.m., Reporter Zach Verdea will have more information.