PALESTINE, TX–Palestine Mayor Bob Herrington made a remarkable move on Tuesday when he announced that he had summoned former city manager Wendy Ellis to City Hall and fired her a second time.
“She was so bad, I didn’t think one firing was enough,” Herrington told The Dogwood Tale. “Sometimes, you just have to do it again, to make sure it sticks since she was hired twice, you know, let’s cover all the bases.”
Herrington was not happy that he had to fire Ellis a second time; however, he stressed the need to make certain that she understood.
In a press release from the city, Interim City Manager Mike Alexander said, “I applaud the mayor’s decision to fire Wendy again. In fact, immediately after the second firing, I instructed officers from the Palestine Police Department to tase her on her way out of City Hall for the last time, that is if the mayor doesn’t decide to fire her a third time.”
Ellis was fine with the second firing.
“I was already fired, now I’ve been fired again,” Ellis said. “I hope the second firing comes with a second severance package at the cost of taxpayers,” Ellis said with a wink as she was helped into her car before speeding away.
Herrington said that he is uncertain if he will fire Wendy a third time, but left the option on the table.
District 1 Councilman Adam Harding said that firing Ellis multiple times was something he hadn’t considered, but found the idea “doable.”
District 5 Councilman Doug Smith seemed shocked when he learned that Ellis had been fired the first time. “I certainly don’t remember voting to fire her,” he said. “I would have never done such a thing! If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have fired her, but since she’s been fired twice I’m not sure that I can undo two firings, so we’ll just have to accept it for what it is.” Smith then immediately made a motion to re-hire Ellis; however, he was reminded that he was being interviewed and that it wasn’t an actual council meeting, before returning to wave his confederate flag at cars passing by the Confederate Memorial Veterans Plaza.
Laura Westgate, the city’s communications manager, has been missing since the first firing of Ellis and still hasn’t surfaced after the second firing.
“We don’t know where Laura is,” Herrington said. “If anyone should see her, please call City Hall immediately.”