Pamela Munoz recall, Patton Village, Texas (2012)
An effort to recall Pamela Munoz from her elected position as mayor of Patton Village, Texas, was launched in March 2012. Munoz was officially convicted on four criminal charges, including two third-degree felonies, in 2013. She was removed from office and Leah Tarrant took her place as mayor pro tem. Patton Village is a town of 1,500 people.
In February 2012, Munoz, along with six other city officials, was indicted by a grand jury. Charges include abuse of official capacity, misuse of official information, misapplication of fiduciary property, securing execution of document by deception, and theft by a public servant. The other indicted officials include former City Secretary Georgia Simons, Court Clerk Patricia Edmondson, and Patton Village police officers Kenneth McLin, Michael Seymour, William Martin and Deangelo Lavergne. Munoz faces nine felony counts and one misdemeanor. The indicted officials are accused of using tens of thousands of dollars of city money for personal gain.
Leah Tarrant, who ran against Munoz in the November 2011 mayoral election, advocated for the recall of the entire city council. At the time, Munoz was the only council member to have been indicted, but Tarrant said, "It's an all-or-nothing. If we want to recall an entire election, we're recalling the whole thing."
Path to the ballot
Any recall petitions would have needed to collect signatures from 51% of the 145 voters who cast ballots in the previous election.
- KHOU, "Patton Village residents kick off recall effort after mayor indicted on corruption charges," March 4, 2012
- The Courier, "Judge sentences ex-Patton Village mayor to five years," May 10, 2013
- The Observer, "Patton Village calls for special election," May 20, 2013
- KHOU, "Patton Village mayor, 6 city officials indicted on criminal charges," February 24, 2012
- Houston Chronicle, "Patton Village residents seeking recall election," March 4, 2012
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