Councilmember resigns at the Stafford Annual Town Meeting
By Karen Daniels
If you had no advance knowledge that Councilwoman Felecia Evans-Smith was going to resign at the January 26, Stafford Annual Town Meeting, you would have realized something was about to transpire during closing statements. Because of where she was seated, Councilwoman Evans-Smith was schedule to speak second to last of the Councilmembers. She clutched a crumpled tissue, sipped water excessively, and took deep breaths waiting for her turn to speak. Some tears were shed and pauses needed as Felecia struggled for composer, ultimately gaining it. Her resignation effective immediately.
Councilwoman Felecia Evans-Smith said in her speech, “While serving on this Council, I initiated the smoking ordinance, championed for youth, supported the SMSD school bond election, economic growth of the city, planning and zoning initiatives and championed for employee fairness. I have worked as a committee member for the Audit Committee, Technology Committee, July 4th Celebration Committee, Parade Marshal Committee and the City of Missouri City- Stafford Joint Committee and had the honor to serve as Mayor pro-tem.”
Felecia Evans-Smith was the first woman and first African-American woman to serve as Mayor pro-tem, but the crux of her speech was the following. “As most know, I am very involved in my son Dylan’s school and extracurricular activities. Dylan will be entering high school next school year and four years later will be off to college. I want the opportunity to spend more time with him these next several years.”
Mayor Scarcella told the audience that prior to the meeting, Felecia handed him an envelope and said not to open it until after he gave his State of the City speech. After reading it, he passed back a note asking if there were anyway to change her mind, but knew, “Once she’s made up her mind, that’s it.” The Mayor said, “We will miss Felecia. To lose someone from Council like her is going to be a great loss to the City” but he “understood why Felecia was doing this” and the recognized the “significance” and “merit” to being a dedicated single mother.
There are now four seats available on Stafford City Council.
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