KCEN Channel 6 TV reported this week that a petition seeking the removal of Leon County Commissioner Dean Stanford has been circulating online and had more than 150 signatures by Wednesday.
The petition was started by an anonymous employee of the county after Stanford pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge after assaulting his wife this year. According to court documents quoted by KCEN, Stanford choked his wife, hit her in the face and punched her in the jaw. He only ended the assault when their youngest child entered the room.
In order to remove a commissioner from that position, residents are required to file the written petition with the area’s district court, according to local government code.
Stanford was legally allowed to keep his job because he pleaded guilty and no jury was involved. Local law states the immediate removal of a commissioner can only be done if a criminal conviction occurs in which a jury convicts the county official, according to KCEN.
The petition states that commissioners are not above the law and that someone who has a domestic violence conviction should not hold the position.
Stanford must complete a batterer’s intervention prevention program or anger management program, serve 12 months probation, perform 180 hours of community service, pay a fine of more than $3,800, and attend a drug offender’s education program, KCEN reported.
Leon County is in Central Texas in the Brazos Valley.