In a letter dated Feb. 9, Van Alstyne Mayor Larry Cooper offered his resignation as mayor. It also asked that his resignation become effective immediately.
At the beginning of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Cooper offered a prayer asking for decisions to be made based on the good of the city. 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.
While the crowd in attendance clapped, Cooper stopped to shake hands with many in the room, including councilman Lee Thomas and Fire Chief Ryan Dockery.
At past meetings, the council, in executive session, determined to present grievances against the mayor for two violations. Those problems being the endorsement of a specific council member in a newsletter Cooper wrote and 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 whether any decision has been made about civil or criminal charges being considered. The DA nor his office staff returned these calls.
Cooper told the media, when asked before the meeting, that he has been proud to have been involved in the city’s advancements and accomplishments. He smiled when asked what he would miss about being mayor, and answered, “Nothing.”