One week after he was arrested and charged with theft and accused by a fellow council member of skipping too many meetings or showing up late and leaving early, Jacob Balderas has relinquished his role as councilman for the city of Rosenberg.
At the start of Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Bill Benton shared that Balderas has resigned from council.
According to Communications Director Tanya Kveton, Balderas resigned on Tuesday, but this will not be official until the council approves it at the next council meeting.
“As of now, the path is to place an item on the March 16 city council agenda that will allow council to appoint a qualified resident to the fill the remainder of the term,” Kveton explained.
“By state law, the resignation will be effective and the position officially vacated eight days after the date of the resignation, which was March 2. The appointed person will serve until a winner is declared in the canvass of the May 2021 general election.”
Benton warned council that they were unable to deliberate this during the meeting because it was not on Tuesday’s agenda.
“We either appoint someone as a replacement or you don’t appoint someone as a replacement,” Benton said.
Council member Isaac Davila suggested whoever is appointed to council is not also running in the May 1 election.
Former city council member Alice Jozwiak has filed for the At-Large Position 1, along with Timothy Krugh, Rodolfo Rudy Cuellar Jr. and L. Jay Edenmeyer.
Davila initially suggested Balderas resign from council in February after missing multiple meetings in December and January.
“I have missed a couple meetings in the past, but as long as I’m on council, I will attend regularly scheduled meetings and workshops,” Balderas said last week.
But last Tuesday, Balderas was arrested on a warrant issued by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office on a charge of theft of property, between $100 and $750, a Class A misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, and up to two years of community service.
Balderas did not re-file for the May 1 election. He has served on council since 2017.
Balderas was unavailable for comment at the time of press.