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Drama filled Temple council meeting amid petition for recall

TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -

Residents pack in to the Temple council chamber after a petition is filed to recall the mayor and council.

Mari Paul filed a petition Thursday to recall the council. This stems from an investigation into her former boss mayor pro tem Judy Morales. Paul says she is not allowed to have the seat under the city charter. She also says the council allowed it to happen and has turned a blind eye to the investigation by the Bell County Sheriff's Department against Morales.

That's why many people packed into the Temple city hall for the 5 p.m. meeting. 16 people spoke on the matter in the public comments section. Many criticized the council saying they'll sign the petition. A majority of the 16, though, spoke for Morales and a unified Temple.

"We voted for Judy and we know she can do the job and if she doesn't sit there then we have no representation," one woman said.

CJ Grisham however spoke against the council criticizing them for not being open with the public. 

"So the only recourse we have, because we can't keep coming here week after week is to file a petition to get rid of all of you and find someone who will listen," Grisham said.

Paul also said the council is not open and doesn't answer questions. She also spoke a lot about Morales, criticizing the council for keeping her on as mayor pro tem. For Paul, this is just one of many reasons why she filed the petition.

"I think the residents are tired I think they pushed us to this," Paul said.

In a statement sent out Wednesday, mayor Danny Dunn defended himself and the council. In it, he says he doesn't know who is hiding behind Paul in this petition. Paul criticized that comment in the city council meeting Thursday. She also said the council set a double standard for themselves. 

Dunn said after the meeting, his opinion has not changed.    

"I don't think anything she said tonight changed my feeling from what was sent out yesterday," Dunn said.

There were many people who sided with Morales calling her a kind, compassionate person who has helped so many people in east Temple. Others were against the petition just to keep a unified Temple. 

Paul says she knows it will be hard to get the signatures, but she will be out throughout the town to get the signatures in the next 30 days.   

"I just started it, it's going to be the residents who finish it," Paul said.

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