Mayor of Skellytown Resigns

The search is on for a new mayor of Skellytown. Thursday night former Mayor and registered sex offender, Warren "Red" Mills, resigned from the position.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg was there for the announcement. She has more on what prompted his resignation.

Mills took his oath of office and resigned from the position in the same day. Mills had been re-elected because he ran unopposed for mayor last weekend. Minutes before two women were set to speak out about why they thought he should step down, he did just that.

"It was an embarassment, to have someone on the list for life, so I am happy and pleased that he stepped down," says Lois, a Skellytown resident.

"I'm relieved, I wish he took care of his business sooner," says Glen Mills, a Skellytown resident.

Mills pleaded guilty to indecency with a child in April and was sentenced to five years probation.

Because he was never convicted, he could legally continue to be mayor of Skellytown. That fact had upset many residents who were ready to start a petition to oust him. They are happy it didn't have to go that far.

"I am glad he stepped down that saves a lot of extra trouble of petition and trying to get him removed," says Smith.

Now some residents want the council to consider drawing up an ordinance that would keep anyone with a criminal record from taking office, whether they were convicted or not.

"Just put in there that people shouldn't be on probation or deferred adjudication," says Lois.

But for now, they are just happy things turned out the way they did.

"I think it's a victory for our town to have the mayor resign," says Lois.

The city secretary explained to us that the council will now begin looking to fill the position of mayor. The law states that all they have to do is appoint someone. Until that happens the mayor pro-tem will assume the position.