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Wells mayor ineligible to hold office

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - The Wells City Council met Monday night to discuss the political future of Mayor Corbitt Doss. Interpretation of a state law raised questions about his eligibility to hold office as Doss' 1997 felony DWI conviction might disqualify him.

A packed cafeteria in Wells High School Monday night, as residents came out in droves to tackle Mayor Corbitt Doss' past head on.

"I feel that I've paid my dues and the past is the past," said Doss. "Wells is my town, I was born and raised here."

It was his future that was called into question. Despite countless standing ovations, signs of love and support and homemade t-shirts, the debate was put to rest. It doesn't change state law.

"At this point and time your not eligible to serve," said Robert Flournoy, Wells City Attorney.  

After a year and a half in office as mayor, Corbitt Doss' only option is to appeal the state law. Constituents, his friends and neighbors, want to know why.

"I don't understand why it took 13 months to find out," said one resident. "I'm sure there's a background about it and we will find out and I'm sure all these people thank you very much and I thank you a lot."

While the timeline of what happens next is unclear, one thing is certain. "Corbitt knows these people. He's lived here all his life, he loves the people in this town," said Julie McKnight, resident.  

Regardless the outcome, Doss said this experience is another valuable lesson.

"For the rest of my life, for the rest of my life. I will remember tonight," said Doss. "In my darkest hour they were here to back me. "

The man who brought this information to light, former Wells Mayor Jim Maddox was not present at Monday's meeting.

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