FORNEY, Texas — The Forney City Council made an appointment last night to fill the recently vacated Place 1 seat.
Earlier this month, on August 10, 2020, Place 1 Council member Mike Thomas submitted a letter of resignation, which was effective immediately. The council voted to accept that resignation letter on Tuesday night.
Thomas was appointed to Place 1 in January 2019 after then-Place 1 Council member Cory McGee resigned from the city council. Thomas previously served on the city council from 1992 to 1994.
Thomas' appointment didn't come without controversy, at the time. In a 4-2 vote, then-Mayor Rick Wilson and Place 6 Council member David Johnson cited concern about circumventing the council's precedent of interviewing candidates when filling a vacated position. Johnson, at the time, said his vote wasn't against Thomas' position on the council, but against circumventing that previous precedent.
The council acted in similar fashion Tuesday night when Mayor Pro-Tem Shaun Myers made a motion to appoint James Traylor to the position without the council advertising for or taking up applicants. The motion was unanimously approved by the council.
By city charter, the council had 30 days to fill the position.
Before his appointment to the Forney City Council, Traylor served as the Vice Chairman on the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission. Traylor's term is effective September 1, 2020, and will run the remaining unexpired term, which, according to Forney City Attorney Jon Thatcher, will be this November.
"Guys, I can't thank you enough for considering me to be appointed to Place 1 to replace Mike Thomas," Traylor told the council following his appointment. "Amazingly big shoes to fill. I have followed him for quiet some time and I just want give you my commitment to do my absolute best to serve my city."