ATHENS, Texas (KETK) – The Athens City Council on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Mayor James Montgomery after his arrest last week for online solicitation of a minor.
The council called a special session after his arrest and promoted Mayor Pro Tem Toni Clay as the acting Athens mayor, and she is the first woman to get nominated in the city.
Before the the council made a decision, the people of Athens were able to make comments. Some people shared their suggestions about how they believe the city should move forward.
“The stability is so important that we need to have now, so lets move forward. That’s what this community needs now,” said Kevin Lilly, a resident from Athens.
Other residents also voiced their opinions.
“Our town is embarrassed. Our town is currently without a mayor, and we’re doing it in a period of growth that I haven’t seen in 20 years in this community,” said Chris Tinsely, from Athens.
Some people who couldn’t attend the meeting, sent it in letters, which were read by the city’s secretary.
After listening to the community, city council members made a motion to accept Montgomery’s resignation.
Then, during an executive session Clay was appointed as Athens’ new mayor.
Last Thursday, Montgomery was taken into custody as part of a sting in Longview. Three others along with him were arrested on child porn charges and solicitation of a minor.
Under Texas law, each man could face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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