Last police officer in Mart resigns

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The Mart City Council has agreed to accept the resignation of Paul Cardenas, the city’s police chief, which will soon leave the small town near Waco without any police officers.  

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that the council voted Tuesday to accept Cardenas’ resignation pending a settlement agreement.

The newspaper said that Cardenas appeared before the council at a specially called early morning meeting Tuesday. The council met in executive session for about an hour and then unanimously agreed to accept the resignation.

Four officers who patrolled the town of 2,400 residents resigned earlier in May, citing payroll issues and disagreements with the city council and city manager.

Cardenas, the police chief since March 2015, has had his share of controversy. A resident of Mart accused the chief of releasing her private information, which was later used to start a social media fight. The woman, Elizabeth Andrews, told the city council the Facebook discussion reignited fear about a man who had assaulted members of her family before leaving the country.

Cardenas previously sent the Tribune-Herald information that he said he would also forward to the Texas Rangers about possible corruption among city officials. One of the police officers who resigned, Jaycee Steiner, referred in her resignation letter to “unethical, immoral and criminal acts” by city officials, the newspaper reported.

KWTX-10 reported that the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office will patrol Mart until new officers are hired.

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