Mount Enterprise city official placed on unpaid leave

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The Mount Enterprise City Council has placed its administrator of municipal government on unpaid administrative leave.

The council voted Tuesday night on the leave for Rosena Becker-Ross, who was convicted by a Rusk County jury in April on three counts of abuse of official capacity, a Class A misdemeanor, the Longview News-Journal reported.

Jurors found that Becker-Ross asked former city marshal Parker Sweeney to write traffic tickets to meet a quota. Becker-Ross received six months of probation and must pay $2,000 in fines for the violations that occurred in June 2018.

Sweeney filed a civil suit against the city, naming Becker-Ross, Mayor Harvey Graves and city councilman Johnny Fryman. Sweeney argued that he was fired in retaliation for reporting the quotas to state investigators. He said that Becker-Ross had told him he needed to meet the quotas to keep his job.

The council discussed Becker-Ross’ situation for two hours behind closed doors, before taking the public vote, the News-Journal reported. The council also approved seeking temporary help at city hall to carry out Becker-Ross’ duties.

Some residents who attended the meeting were unhappy the council did not fire Becker-Ross. Council members gave no indication how long the administrator would be on leave.

“We need to make a decision, set it in stone [and] go forward,” Mount Enterprise resident Barbara Russell told the newspaper. “You can never get anything accomplished by stonewalling.”

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