Mt. Enterprise, Texas (KETK) – Trouble in Mount Enterprise, city council members called a meeting recently to consider abolishing or reducing the city marshal’s office.
The city marshal and deputy city marshal are the little town’s only law enforcement.
According to city council the reason for this consideration is a limited budget.
When word got out business owners like Barbara Russell were concerned.
“We’re at the farthermost end of Rusk County and when we have a call the sheriff’s department it usually takes forever to get here,” said Barbara Russell, Mt. Enterprise Business Owner.
Russel recalled a robbery where it took 90 minutes for Rusk County Deputies to arrive.
City marshal parker Sweeney is now represented by Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) attorney Paul Robbins.
Robbins says Sweeney contacted the Texas Rangers after discovering the city called for their officers to have a quota for traffic tickets.
Something that is illegal under the Texas Transportation Code.
“We have some policies and trends that are questionable and we’re trying to figure out what the proper thing to do with those complaints are,” said Paul Robbins, TMPA Regional Attorney.
Now, some believe Sweeney’s complaint led to the possibility of his removal from office.
“It’s a lot of small town drama, but I think they will work through this,” said Russell.
Folks around town say the city marshal isn’t just another position, but it’s one of the most important positions the city has and to lose it would be a tragedy.
“He means a lot to this town, loyalty to this town, safety to this town,” said Mary Kristin Weems, Mt. Enterprise Business Owner. “I think our best interest is his best interest and I constantly see him working.”
Robbins views this as a no win situation for Mt. Enterprise when it comes to the future of law enforcement.
“It’s going to be difficult to get good candidates when you’ve pulled the rug out from under them before,” Robbins said.
For now, Marshal Sweeney is still employed and the decision has been tabled until August 28.
So until then, citizens of mount enterprise can only wait.