KEMPNER, Texas – The City of Kempner closed early on Tuesday amid the resignation of three members of the city’s staff.
Those who handed in their resignations include the city’s secretary, assistant secretary, and municipal judge. The resignations come after claims of a hostile work environment created by current Mayor Keith Harvey.
Councilman Wilkerson was recently elected in May, and says the resignations put the citizens of Kempner at a disadvantage – taking away access to city assistance.
Anaelicia Cheney is the president of the Citizens of Kempner group. She says the mayor’s way of governing is unlike any other mayor – unlike any of his predecessors. She thinks he’s disrupting policy.
“All of our previous mayors have never had an issue with it. We’ve never had hostile overspending or disrespect in the office come up,” Cheney says.
The judge who worked for the city on a voluntary basis wrote in his letter of resignation:
“I can no longer fulfill this position with the environment this mayor has created.”– Former City of Kempner Municipal Court Judge Gene Isenhour
Isenhour added he would only return if the mayor, in the near future, left office.
FOX44 News reached out to talk to Mayor Harvey, but he said he had no comments at this time.
You can view the municipal judge’s resignation letter below.
Source: Citizens of Kempner