A do-over for Missouri City’s Mayor Pro Tem election
By Betsy Dolan
Missouri City Councilman Jerry Wyatt said it best. “It was a mistake but it was done with good intentions”.
Turns out that Councilman Robin Elackatt was not elected Mayor Pro Tem on May 19 because Councilman Chris Preston, who was one of four to vote for Elackatt, had not been officially sworn in.
At the start of the May 19 meeting, it appeared as though Preston had been sworn in by Councilwoman Yolanda Ford but she was not authorized to administer the oath of office because she is not a public notary. The mistake was not caught until the morning of May 20. Preston was then sworn in by City Secretary Maria Gonzalez.
Because Preston’s vote for Elackatt was not valid and Elackatt needed four votes to become Mayor Pro Tem, his election will be taken up at the next meeting on June 16. On June 2, the city council did ratify all actions taken at the May 19 meeting except for the Mayor Pro Tem issue.
“All the right intentions were in the place but the results didn’t turn out that way seeing as how the items he voted on were done when he wasn’t a councilmember”, Wyatt said about Preston.
The Mayor Pro Tem election was somewhat heated. When Mayor Allen Owen asked for nominations for Mayor Pro Tem, Floyd Emery nominated Elackatt and Ford seconded the motion.
Then current Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt nominated Councilman Don Smith. 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 and didn’t vote. Owen also declined to vote.
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