Elackatt elected Mayor Pro Tem by Missouri City Council
By Betsy Dolan
Just after newly elected Missouri City Councilman Chris Preston took the oath of office on May 19, his first official action was to vote for a Mayor Pro Tem.
Preston, along with Yolanda Ford and Floyd Emery voted for District C Councilman Robin Elackatt, who was elected with four votes, including his own.
Mayor Allen Owen did not vote.
When Owen asked for nominations for Mayor Pro Tem, Emery nominated Elackatt and Ford seconded the motion.
Then current Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt nominated Councilman Don Smith.”Considering the experience of both councilmembers and considering that Councilman Smith has been on council for a considerable period of time”, Wyatt stated. But no one seconded the motion.
Smith then nominated Wyatt but, again, no one offered a second.
Elackatt nominated Emery but the motion failed when no one offered a second.
Moments before the council was set to vote on the Elackatt nomination, Wyatt and Smith stepped away from the table.
“I can’t abstain so I have to be away from the table”, Wyatt told Owen.
Elackatt was then approved by the four remaining councilmembers. He becomes the first Asian-American to serve as Missouri City’s Mayor Pro Tem. Elackatt was elected to the Missouri City Council in 2009.
“Now you guys know why I wanted to rotate Mayor Pro Tems”, Owen said after the vote. Owen has unsuccessfully lobbied for the position to be rotated among councilmembers.
During a public comment portion of the council meeting, Sienna Plantation resident, Yolanda Larson, read a Facebook message she had received from Wyatt and asked the councilmembers to consider it prior to the vote.
‘You can’t vote in Missouri City and you pay no Missouri City property taxes. Yet you can’t drive home without using some of Missouri City’s services that you don’t pay for. Please tell us why you hate a city you don’t live in? You hate us so much that you would use your own money to campaign against the bond election. That’s some serious hating’, Larson read.
Larson then asked the council to consider Wyatt’s words “and ask how those comments might reflect on the residents of Missouri City as well as the Missouri City Council”.
The councilmembers were not allowed to comment on Larson’s statement but in the past Wyatt has criticized the “Missouri City Concerns” Facebook page where Larson is a frequent contributor.
Wyatt first served as Mayor Pro Team from May 2009 to May 2010 and was elected for the post again in 2011.
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