Rosenberg City Council member Isaac Davila has been censured by four of his colleagues.
At Tuesday’s special meeting, council — reduced by two members — voted unanimously to censure Davila.
Council member Lisa Wallingford tendered her resignation effective immediately on Tuesday morning, council member Kevin Raines left before the meeting began, and Davila was barred from voting in a matter pertaining to himself.
The meeting, which was slated for 6 p.m., did not start until 6:26 because Mayor Bill Benton said he wanted to wait for council member Jacob Balderas to arrive for the meeting.
More than four council members were in attendance, so there was a quorum, but Benton insisted on waiting.
At 6:19 p.m., Raines walked out of the council chambers and didn’t return.
When the meeting began almost 30 minutes late, Benton said he did not wish to belabor this issue. The special meeting was requested by Benton.
Davila said the meeting was happening in the wake of the drug and alcohol testing program that was adopted by council last Tuesday.
Council members in a split vote established the mandatory program, so long as Davila pays for each test for each council member at every meeting henceforth.
Discussion on the censure was slated for executive session, but Davila insisted on having discussion during the open meeting.
Before discussion began, Rosenberg residents Alice Jozwiak and James Urbish spoke in support of Davila.
Benton read a list of 20 grievances composed by him and council members Richard Olson, Jacob Balderas and Steven DeGregorio.
“Isaac, we are a little concerned about your behavior,” Benton told Davila after reading the grievances. “It’s erratic behavior.
“This is not the preferred way that I would like to have dealt with it, but I’m not sure how else to get to you.”
Davila said he did not receive a list of the grievances until 30 minutes before the meeting began and was not given the proper amount of time to prepare a response.
“These are biased in every way you can imagine,” Davila said.
“I understand this is a four-against-one attack. That’s how it’s going to be, I guess.”
Olson made the motion to censure Davila. The motion was seconded by DeGregorio.
Davila voted against the motion, but City Attorney Grady Randle said Davila cannot vote on an item he has personal interest in.
Censuring does not equate to removing a council member from office, but it does account for clear disapproval of someone.
The next regular city council meeting will be held Dec. 17 at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.