In a letter dated Feb. 9, Van Alstyne Mayor Larry Cooper offered his resignation as mayor and asked that it be accepted following the Van Alstyne City Council meeting and vote taken on Feb. 13. He also asked that resignation to become effective immediately.
The city council met at 6:30 on Tuesday night, with Mayor Cooper offering a prayer asking for decisions to be made based on the good of the city. Then, after the Pledges of Allegiance to the Texas and U.S. flags, he read the agenda item, “Consider and take any action regarding resignation of the Mayor,” and asked for a motion. Suzon Crowell made the motion to accept the resignation, with Mayor Pro Tem Teddie Ann Salmon leading the night’s meeting. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
Then, ex-mayor Cooper, while the crowd clapped in thanks for him and his efforts during the past few years, stopped to shake hands with many in the room, including council member Lee Thomas and Fire Chief Ryan Dockery. He left the meeting with the characteristic dignity he showed during much of his time while serving as mayor.
At past meetings, the council in executive session determined to present grievances against the mayor for two apparent violations. Those problems included the endorsement of a specific city council member in a newsletter Cooper wrote, which was included in the city’s water bill, and an on-air discussion he had with a local television station, evidently talking about items that were discussed in executive session, about the use of property the city is purchasing.
The Van Alstyne Leader attempted to confirm that the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office has received these grievances and, if so, has any decision been made about civil or criminal charges being considered. The D.A. nor his office staff immediately returned any calls.