Mount Enterprise city official placed on unpaid leave

woman fired

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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