Planning commissioner Carter Morris says he will not resign his post and is preparing instead to fight some San Marcos City Council members’ efforts to remove him, his attorney, David Gonzalez, wrote to City Clerk Jamie Pettijohn on Saturday.
Shortly before the close of business Friday, Pettijohn sent Morris a letter saying the council would consider whether to remove him from his appointed position unless he resigned by noon today.
“Mr. Morris respectfully declines your invitation to resign from the Planning and Zoning Commission,” Gonzalez wrote in response.
The five-page letter makes clear that Morris will fight his removal and asks the council to issue subpoenas to call witnesses on his behalf. A fair public hearing cannot possibly be conducted on Tuesday, Gonazalez writes, since Monday is a federal holiday and the item removing Morris from office cannot be added to the agenda until Tuesday, the same day of the meeting.
“If Mr. Morris’ removal is a foregone conclusion, then Mr. Morris simply will not have a true opportunity for a fair hearing. We would ask the city council to determine if his actions in this situation should be further examined before moving forward,” Gonzales writes.
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