Bowie resigns from Kirby City Council for family reasons

Published 12:00 am, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Kirby City Council will consider the appointment of a new council member at its next meeting due to the resignation of one of its council members.

Councilwoman Barbara Bowie submitted a letter dated Sept. 25 to Kirby City Manager Monique Vernon, announcing her resignation from city council. Bowie is in New York, dealing with family affairs after the death of an older brother early last month. Bowie felt she could not take care of family issues there and fulfill her council responsibilities.

Bowie became a council member in February, when then-Councilman Roger Romens stepped down from his council seat to run for mayor. He suggested Bowie as his replacement. The seated council voted 4-1 to accept his recommendation that allowed Bowie to serve out the final few months of Romens’ unexpired term.

Bowie then ran for election in May, as she promised upon accepting the seat, and was elected to a two-year term.

Council has 30 days from receipt of the resignation to fill the slot. Their next two council meetings are Oct. 12 and 26, with the latter being outside of the 30-day window. Vernon said council would have to approve someone Oct. 12 or hold a special meeting prior to Oct. 24 to appoint a replacement.

No names of potential replacements surfaced during the Sept. 28 city council meeting. Kirby residents who wish to be considered for the council seat have until 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, to fill out the paperwork and submit an application.

In other action at the Sept. 28 meeting, city council heard from representatives of two of the three organizations bidding to take over the city’s pool and concessions management. Representatives from YMCA and San Antonio Pool Management presented their management packages and accompanying prices. Both organizations represent year-round pool management contracts and come with fully staffed lifeguard rosters and…

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