Hewitt councilman resigns post after alleged harassment by former colleague

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Hewitt City Council member Matthew Mevis says harassment by a former member of the council has forced him to resign just four months after he was elected, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

Mevis sent an email to council members and other council members on Friday evening to announce his resignation.

“Due to the repeated, unending, and escalating attacks against my family’s mental and financial well-being, all without any seeming provocation [or] ability to seek redress, and with local agencies seemingly incapable of intervention on our behalf, I can no longer sustain the energy to perform my duties with the focus and dedication they deserve,” he wrote.

Mevis told the newspaper that he has filed complaints with Hewitt police regarding alleged harassment by former council member Kurt Krakowian, whom Mevis claims has used social media, phone calls to his workplace and remarks about his wife to attempt to discredit him.

The Tribune-Herald reported that Krakowian was appointed to the council in March 2018, but resigned just four months later after multiple city officials filed complaints against him.

Krakowian ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on the council in May, the same election in which Mevis won the Place 2 seat.

Krakowian told the Tribune-Herald that Mevis’ wife is a convicted felon and that Mevis helped hide her from police, but the newspaper reported that she completed deferred adjudication probation on a felony theft charge in 2013, which would mean there is no conviction on her record.   

Karen Fortenberry, wife of council member Steve Fortenberry, along with Ruth Coffman, filed a lawsuit in March alleging that Krakowian stalked and threatened them, the newspaper reported. That suit was settled in April.

Former city employees Cassie Muske and Katie Allgood claimed Krakowian and Mayor Ed Passalugo retaliated against them when they filed discrimination complaints last May; both reached settlements with the city before leaving their jobs.  

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