Pottsboro City Council member Landon Goins was arrested on Sept. 20 after he allegedly violated a standing protective order in the city of Leonard.
In an emailed statement, Goins’ attorney Jackie VanZant said his client went to a Leonard Independent School District campus on Sept. 20 in order to drop off paper work for his ex-wife, who is an employee of the district. VanZant said Goins left after learning that his wife was not at the campus, but was met outside by Leonard Police and taken into custody.
“Mr. Goins properly checked himself in with the administrative office, where they informed him that she (his ex-wife) was ‘gone for the day,’ so Mr. Goins proceeded to leave,” VanZant said in the statement. “Before he made it to his vehicle, Leonard PD promptly arrived and arrested him.”
VanZant said Goins visited the campus after school hours and no children were present at the time of his arrest. Goins was booked into the Fannin County Jail and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
“At this time, we feel that there was not sufficient probable cause to warrant or justify any arrest,” VanZant said. “My office immediately sent a letter to the Mayor (of Pottsboro, Frank Budra), (Fannin County) Sheriff Mark Johnson, and Chief of Police (Brian Meserole) in Leonard to preserve any and all evidence leading to that arrest for our review to make a better determination.”
Messages left with the Leonard Police chief on Monday and Tuesday were not returned. Budra declined to comment on the arrest, but said Goins has served as a Pottsboro city council member for the last 12-14 years. The mayor said Goins’ position on the city council had not changed and that he has not been placed on any type of suspension or leave.