During last night’s special meeting of the Big Spring City Council, an emergency reading of an ordinance calling for a special election was approved by a quorum of council members with a vote of 4-0. The purpose of the special election will give voters an opportunity to vote for or against the recall of Jim DePauw, District 6 Councilman. Those not present for the meeting were Raul Marquez, District 1; Terry McDaniel, District 3; and DePauw.
A petition to recall Councilman DePauw had been filed in early July 2020, citing dereliction of duties. On July 28, 2020 Big Spring City Secretary Donald Moore certified at the City Council Meeting that the adequate number of signatures had been collected on a recall petition for DePauw. It was noted that since DePauw had ran uncontested only 100 signatures were needed, as per the Big Spring City Charter.
After being notified about the recall petition on 07/28/2020, DePauw had 5 days to resign from his position, that's according to the City Charter. Since DePauw did not resign by Sunday, August 2, 2020. The City Council then had to order a recall election.
Although the City Charter states that the recall election is to be held 10-20 days from the day of the expiration of the 5-day period, the special election will be held on November 3, 2020.
Mayor Shannon Thomason explained during last night's meeting that Texas state law supersedes the City Charter, thus resulting in the special election to be held in November.