Friday, May 26, 2017

Gary Fawks Resigns from City Council

Southlake City Councilman Gary Fawks (Place 6) has announced his resignation from the City Council.

Councilmember Gary Fawks

Councilmember Gary Fawks, Place 6

In a letter to Mayor Laura Hill and the rest of the City Council, Councilmember Fawks shared that he has received a promotion at work which prevents him from being sworn in for a second term.

Fawks stated that it has been a “pleasure to serve with such a great group of dedicated public servants and a first class city staff over the past three years. Leaving the council at this time was one of a number of things that made the decision to accept this position one of the most difficult I have ever made.”

Councilman Fawks leaves a long legacy of public service with the City.  He was first elected to the City Council in 1996 and served until 2001.  He was named Mayor Pro Tem in 1998. He also served on the Southlake Parks and Development Corporation, the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Southlake/Carroll ISD Joint Use Committee.  Fawks and his family have lived in Southlake since 1993.

Mayor Hill called Fawks’ resignation “bittersweet” also saying, “This Council has an incredible synergy, a respect for each other that has benefited the entire city.  I told Gary that while I am so happy for him, I am so sad for myself and the people of Southlake.  Gary and the current City Council are excellent examples of what putting true governance first, before ego, looks like.”

Next steps

The next steps for the election of Council member to Place 6 include the calling of a special election by the City Council.  The election will likely take place by late summer, with the new Place 6 member sworn in soon after.

The call for a special election will take place at a future Council meeting.  There will then be a specified filing period for candidates, voter registration, as well as an early voting period leading up to a special election day.  Look to CityofSouthlake.com for more information as it becomes available.

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