Board member Mary Kelleher has spent the past year poking and prodding for public documents and insisting on more transparency among her peers at the Tarrant Regional Water District.
Since then, her frequent requests for information, her complaints against the heavy-handedness of water district General Manager Jim Oliver, and her solitary stances against the other four board members on numerous issues have left her feeling estranged.
Last week, the water district notified Kelleher of a special board meeting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at district headquarters.
Kelleher said the district “does not schedule special meetings lightly,” and so she emailed Oliver and board president Vic Henderson to find out what the meeting was about. He told her she’d have to wait until an agenda was sent out.
Today, Kelleher sent out a press release saying the special meeting was called by the other board members to censure, or reprimand, her in public.
She doesn’t appear overly concerned.
“In reality, when an elected official is censured, it usually means that elected official is representing their constituency instead of going along with the powers-at-be,” she said. ” If the 8,942 people who elected me to the TRWD were the ones trying to censure me, I’d be humiliated and looking for a big rock to hide under, but they’re not and that’s what’s most important to me. I work for the people not the board.”
Kelleher characterized the attempt to censure her as “bad leadership, abuse of power, and loss of control by the board.”
Fort Worth Independent School District trustees made a similar move last year when they censured Ann Sutherland.