Temple councilwoman refuses to step down amidst charges

City of Temple
POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 8:35am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:30pm

The Temple Mayor Pro Tem, Judy Morales, is refusing to step down, in spite of the mayor and the other three council members asking her to resign in a meeting that was held Monday night.

Morales was arrested last week and has been charged with destroying public information in connection to her reportedly instructing one of her employees to delete emails and files that linked her using county equipment to run for office in 2011.
 

According to the city's website, Morales was elected to the district two councilmember position in May 2011. She then became Mayor Pro-Tem in May 2013. Morales is a native of Temple, and she worked as the Director of Social Services for the Temple H.E.L.P. center. Her responsibilities at the H.E.L.P. center included "administrating, planning and implementing community based outreach services and programs since 1972".

Morales has asked for a public hearing, which will be held on Thursday. That meeting could result in the council voting to remove Morales from her position before her term expires in May.

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