COPPERAS COVE — A councilman said he resigned from his seat because a city staff member questioned his “ethics and integrity.”
Place 5 Councilman Kenn Smith resigned March 17 and provided the Herald with an unsigned copy of his resignation letter Wednesday. It said though he was honored to have served residents of the city for almost four years, he felt compelled to resign and did so with great regret.
“A question about my ethics and integrity has been raised by a senior city staff member, and I do not wish to continue to serve under a cloud of suspicion,” the letter said. “The question raised was unfounded and baseless but the seed of mistrust has been planted and isn’t going to die.”
Smith has served on the council since June 2010.
City spokesman Kevin Keller said Wednesday the city had no comment about Smith’s resignation.
Last week, Keller said the letter was received by the city but it must be accepted by the council before it takes effect. The next meeting is Tuesday, at which time the council will determine if it will formally accept Smith’s resignation.
Smith said he’s not sure what to do if they don’t accept his resignation, and that it will probably be the first time in the city’s history that it happens if they don’t. Federal and state laws dictate that any city vacancy must be filled by voters during a special election. Smith released a copy of his resignation letter because he said Cove residents deserved to know what was going on and he suspected the city would delay providing the letter to the media.