A woman who lives just two doors down from Robb Elementary School has discovered a loophole that would remove a city council member from his position.
Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and a member of the city council has been granted several leaves of absence by the council, which has prevented community members from confronting him.
This hasn’t sat well with a great number of people who are demanding that he appear and be questioned. On Tuesday, one of the orders of business was to vote on whether Arredondo would continue to have an extended leave.
Kim Hammond did her research and discovered that if a member misses more than three consecutive sessions, the council can vote to remove him
Uvalde City Council: Extremely inspired by the lady who lives 2 doors down from the school coming up w the plan to sack Arredondo. No leave of abs. If he misses 1 more mtg he’s out. If he wants to keep his job he has to show. She studied & found a technicality no one else had. pic.twitter.com/uigygoDxMu
— 🦉Serene (@MythSerene) June 22, 2022
“I live two doors down from Robb Elementary, I was there the day of the shooting,” Hammond began.
“So thank you for changing what I was going to say, mister mayor, because you said ‘we don’t have the power to fire him.’ Let me give you a simple out. You can remove him because he’s gonna vacate his seat.”
“Let him miss three meetings,” Hammond continued, backed up by the applause of those also in attendance. “He’s my councilman. Let him miss three. Don’t waste any more time on him. I know you all probably have a relationship with him, I don’t know him, he’s my councilman. I’m sitting in a district right now that no councilman has come to my door to say ‘Hey, how you doing?'”
She continued to discuss the massacre that occurred at the elementary school she lives so nearby and the impact that has had on the community.
“There’s 21, 22 lives that were lost, we all know why. The investigations going to come in to tell us all what and what we can do better. What YOU can do right now, is not give [Arredondo], if he requested it, a leave of absence. Don’t give him an out,” she demanded. “We don’t want him. We want him out.”
Following Hammond’s impassioned speech, the council voted to not grant the leave of absence, and cheers could be heard from the audience.
This means that if Arredondo misses one more meeting, he will officially forfeit his seat on the council. However, he could also choose to attend the next meeting which would throw a wrench in the plans to oust him, but would also give community members a chance to hold him accountable for his actions and absence in the wake of such a tragedy.
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