Fed up with his city council's "fear" and "arrogance" over a proposed grocery store in his town, the mayor of Montgomery, Texas, took to Facebook to vent
post his official resignation* last week.
In a rant worthy of a thousand "likes," Montgomery Mayor John L. Fox aired the city's dirty laundry on the social media site November 15, stating that the Montgomery City Council was unlikely to approve the proposal for a new Kroger. Fox said that goes against the organized growth he's been pushing for in the small town, which in 2013 had a population of about 676 people.
But Fox didn't stop there. Elevating his post to bad-bitch status, Fox reminded everyone to "Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way," and then made it clear that the waffling over the new grocer was enough to make him decide to straight up quit, effective 6:30 p.m. Friday.
This past week an article appeared in the Courier concerning the possibility of a major grocer building a new store in Montgomery. Public support was loud and clear. Yesterday, the Montgomery City Council met in a workshop to discuss pressing issues, staffing, future growth, etc. From that meeting it became obvious that this Council is consumed by fear, indecision, and arrogance. On the nov 18th Council agenda there will be a request for a development agreement between the city and Kroger/Milestone for a new store to be located in Montgomery. From what I heard from this Council yesterday, it is highly unlikely they WILL NOT approve this agreement. My goal as mayor has always been to bring organized growth to the area. This project would become a cornerstone for future development. I am reminded of the old adage, Lead, Follow or get the Hell out of the way. Evidently, I have failed to lead since the Council does not want to follow. Therefore, I am going to get out of the way. I have resigned as Mayor effective 6:30 PM on Friday, Nov 14th. Thanks to all who have supported me in this role.
So, there you have it, folks. Dude straight up quit being the mayor over Facebook, which is pretty darn awesome. We didn't even know you could do that.
The social media resignation comes about six months after Fox was reelected as mayor in an uncontested race. His term was not up until 2016.
City Secretary Carol Langley confirmed to The Courier that Fox had resigned, and also said Mayor Pro Tem Kirk Jones will step in until another mayor is appointed.
It seems that Montgomery may be having some issues keeping the mayor's spot filled. After all, Fox isn't the only mayor to have abruptly quit in recent years.
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Fox ended up as mayor after he was appointed in June 2011 following Mayor Travis Mabry's abrupt resignation during an unexpired term in May of that year. But unlike Fox's, Mabry's resignation was not posted on Facebook, unfortunately.
Well, good luck to Kirk Jones. Hopefully he can smooth over that grocery quarrel with city council in a timely manner.
And Fox? We hope you unfriended all those city council members after your resignation rant, too. Ain't nobody got time for that.
*Correction 11/19 at 2:30 p.m.: Mayor Fox officially resigned shortly after the city council meeting November 14, and posted the rant about his resignation on Facebook the morning after.