The Hewitt City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to allow the city manager and city attorney to hire a Fort Worth-based law firm to investigate allegations made against Mayor Ed Passalugo.
The vote comes after a third complaint accused the mayor of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Passalugo was accused of meeting privately with other council members to discuss items typically reserved for public meetings. It’s called a walking quorum and it is illegal in Texas.
Mayor Pro-tem Steve Fortenberry claims the mayor called him and invited him to private meetings to discuss city issues, which he said legally have to be discussed in open meetings.
During one phone call – Fortenberry claimed Passalugo admitted to polling other members of the city council. In addition, his complaint accused the mayor of trying to fire two city employees.
However, it remains unclear if those two employees are the ones who filed confidential complaints against Passalugo.