EUNICE, N.M. – A city manager of a southeastern New Mexico town is seeking to remove a councilor over attendance and for “being rude.”
The Hobbs News-Sun reports City Manager Jordan Yutzy of Eunice recently sent a letter to the state Attorney General’s office seeking guidance on how to remove Councilor Terry Bettis from his seat.
Yutzy wrote that the 15-year veteran councilor keeps sending critical text messages and social media posts.
“Mr. Bettis has gone back to his old ways of texting and demanding and being rude,” Yutzy told the News-Sun. “My only problem with it is he thinks that’s OK with the staff. He can do it to me all day, but he will not treat my staff that way.”
Bettis dismissed the concerns over his attendance rate and his text messages. He says he’s just trying to protect residents and taxpayers.
Last year, the Eunice City Council approved an ordinance setting out a code of conduct for elected officials, specifying attendance at council meetings and inappropriate use of social media.
Bettis most recently won an at-large re-election bid in March 2018, received 343 votes. His current term will expire in November 2021.