Second Hutto City Council member resigns in less than a month


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City Council Member Bettina Jordan, who served less than one year, resigned Thursday.

Jordan did not respond Monday to requests for comment about her resignation.

A second Hutto City Council member has resigned in less than a month.

Bettina Jordan, who won her seat by one vote in the May 2016 election, resigned Thursday. She did not respond to a request for comment Monday. Hutto council members also declined comment Monday or couldn’t be reached for comment. Another Hutto City Council member, Michael Smith, resigned March 6 because of tax problems.

Jordan sent an email to the city of Hutto on Thursday announcing her resignation, said Jill Cloud, a city spokeswoman. Jordan resigned for “personal reasons,” Cloud said in an email. She declined further comment.

When Jordan, who is a paralegal, ran for office in May, she said she wanted to preserve Hutto’s small-town feeling while also attracting more commercial and industrial businesses.

She was not present at Thursday’s City Council meeting when a news conference was held on discrimination allegations against Hutto City Manager Odis Jones relating to three employees who were fired. Several members of Hutto’s City Council voiced their support for Jones on Friday.

Jordan held Place 6 on the City Council. The council has six members who each serve three-year terms.

The council is required to call for a special election to fill Jordan’s seat because she had more than one year left on her term, according to the city’s charter. The council on Thursday appointed Tim Jordan to Smith’s vacant Place 4 seat because Smith had less than one year on his term when he resigned. Jordan is running for Smith’s seat during the May 6 election but has no opponents.



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