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Contentious city council meeting leads to Timpson mayor's resignation

Timpson Mayor Debra Smith hands over a resignation letter to a city secretary. Smith abruptly announced her resignation during Tuesday night’s meeting.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Timpson Mayor Debra Smith hands over a resignation letter to a city secretary. Smith abruptly announced her resignation during Tuesday night’s meeting. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Council member Kyle Allen shows his frustration toward three opposing votes. (Source: KTRE Staff) Council member Kyle Allen shows his frustration toward three opposing votes. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Smith says the impasse on council is not typical of small towns. She believes in service and plans to remain active in Timpson politics.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Smith says the impasse on council is not typical of small towns. She believes in service and plans to remain active in Timpson politics. (Source: KTRE Staff)
TIMPSON, TX (KTRE) -

Division on the Timpson City Council led to an unexpected resignation letter from a frustrated mayor.

It happened last night when Mayor Debra Smith and two council members lost a vote to hire a collection agency.

Smith said her impatience with the opposing three began about six months ago.

When the Timpson City Council meeting became tense, Chamber President Paul Smith, also Mayor Debra Smith's husband, whipped out his cell phone to record the fireworks. He captured City Councilman Kyle Allen's verbal jabs against councilman Ronnie Wolfe.   

"You're being mean and vindictive about all of this,” said Kyle Allen, a Timpson City Councilman. “You're being very unfair."

He also captured Councilwoman Yvonne Ramsey asking opponents why.

"Are we just mad at the mayor?” Ramsey said in the video. “Are we just not going to do anything the mayor is wanting to do?"

The mayor remained calm, but wrote, “I quit,” on Wolfe's folder.

"That was pretty impulsive,” Smith said. “I probably wanted to write it on his forehead, but I didn't."

Smith wrote a well-thought-out resignation letter this morning stating that her presence on the council is creating an impasse with the current majority of members.

"It was obvious that they weren't going to vote with the other two or myself on anything of substance moving forward,” Smith said. “If I'm the person in the way of moving forward than I have no problem in stepping down."

In discussion, Smith narrowed the dissension to Wolfe, her former math teacher.

"I saw it was becoming a very hostile environment,” Smith said. “The mayor pro-tem and I had some disagreement about financial matters."

Wolfe sent word through a city secretary that he has no comment. Smith said silence, rather than discussion, is typical from all three opposing council members.

"Immature behavior upsets me the most,” Smith said. I don't do well with childish behavior, and I'm sorry I can't think of anything else to call it. Pouting and not being professional just because you don't get your way is just insane to me."

Smith said the dissension is not a testament of small towns. The former school teacher and Smith's Sawmill Services owner said she plans to remain active in Timpson politics.

Mayor Debra Smith asked her resignation be accepted Thursday.

She'll probably hold the title through Monday. That's when a special meeting is scheduled to address her request.

Smith was elected Timpson mayor in 2010. She was up for re-election in May. She has not ruled out filing for a council spot.

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