Commissioner Mike Montemayor absent from court meeting

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
This was the first commissioners court held following the arrest.

Commissioner Mike Montemayor was absent at the meeting.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - It was an empty chair for commissioner precinct one Monday. But one Laredo citizen is standing up for the residents in his precinct. Juan Avila stood before commissioner’s court, asking for Montemayor's resignation.

"There is a saying that says, you're innocent until proven guilty. But there is also something that says once the FBI comes in, they have their T's and their dots crossed already so they know exactly what they are doing. We don't want to jump to any conclusions, my respect to commissioners Montemayor, but I will say this, in the best interest of the county, the county court and his public colleagues, I think it is in the best interest for him to step down."

The Webb County attorney’s office told us no one has filed a citizen petition's to have him removed as of yet. But Availa said he is speaking to his attorney about filing one. It concerns him that Montemayor still sits in the commissioner office.

The Webb County attorney’s office said they are looking into all their options, but as of right now, commissioner Mike Montemayor can still make decisions on behalf of the county.

“Plain and simple, yes. Unfortunately, there is nothing in place at this time that forbids him from doing that, but there are avenues that are available, to be able to stop that from happening, at least temporarily."

Commissioner Montemayor will be back in court Wednesday for his arraignment hearing. An arraignment is when they tell you the charges brought against you and you enter your plea.

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