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Wells mayor resigns

By Jeff Awtrey - email

WELLS, TX (KTRE) – Wells Mayor Corbitt Doss resigned from his post Wednesday at 4 p.m. at city hall.

Doss said his decision came after speaking to his attorney. He is hoping he will be pardoned from his felony conviction and can seek reelection.

He said he realizes now he misunderstood the law and though he is no longer the head of the city of Wells, he will not stop serving the community.

"It was just a misunderstanding," he said. "And as y'all have said in several stories, I asked people before I ran and they said I was eligible so I went off of that understanding."

Doss' criminal past was brought to light when former mayor Jim Maddux discovered he was a convicted felon, when he pled guilty to his third DWI in 1997. Doss said he did not feel he disobeyed the law which states a convicted felon may run for public office after they have "been released from the resulting disabilities of the conviction."

Doss said he felt the situation could have been handled better.

"If someone went to the city council instead of the media we could have worked this out peacefully," he said.

Wells City Attorney Robert Flournoy advised Doss to resign in an Aug. 10 city council meeting and Wells Police charged Doss with perjury and tampering with a governmental document on Aug. 13.

City Councilwoman Dorothy McMillion said the council will decide what to do with Doss' position at the next meeting.

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