Rogues, Raiders and Recall


Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus is trampling on open government and he seems to be getting help from some members of the Bastrop City Council.

I learned this last night by attending a hastily called “emergency meeting” by Kesselus. What was the emergency? Here’s what was posted the city’s website. Note the “no live streaming or recording”.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.52.52 AMJust as the meeting started, I asked why an opportunity for public comments was not on the agenda and the cameras were turned off – only to be ignored by the Mayor. Almost simultaneously, attorney Glenn Johnson stood up and announced he was representing the City Attorney JC Brown. The Mayor tried to silence him but he just kept talking. Soon Kesselus backed down.

Apparently, City Attorney Brown had been told by Kesselus not to show up at the

Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session
Attorney Glenn Johnson confronts Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus at June 21 Specially Called Executive Session

Executive Session of the new council to discuss just what — you couldn’t glean the subject from this agenda posting. Mr. Johnson was calling the Mayor on this, stating their posting was in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and they could be fined $500 and even be forced to forfeit their council seats.

Kesselus clumsily pivoted suggesting that they would just discuss how to “transition” City Manager Mike Talbot’s work in line with his resignation on September 1st. Clearly this was not the subject Kesselus had in mind.

After the Executive Session they came out and passed a resolution giving the Mayor their approval to discuss the transition with the City Manager. If you were a fly on the wall at this meeting, you might see the bullying tactics of which Talbot has had enough. No city manager would put up with this interfering clown.

On the way out I spoke with a number of residents in attendance whose homes have been flooded and the city has yet to deal with their very real problems. They are the brunt of this growing dysfunction in the city of Bastrop.

Rumors abound, including that when Talbot leaves, you will see Joe Beal as an interim city manager. Joe Beal, water raider and End Op cohort, running the city of Bastrop? They wouldn’t go that far, would they?

Last week Councilmember Gary Schiff spoke about wanting to put a measure on the next city ballot in November to bust term limits. You guessed it. Kesselus is term limited in May 2017.

We here at Independent Texans made a mistake not simply telling you the dangers involved in the last city election. We won’t make that mistake again.

If the Mayor and his sidekicks keep on, you never know what citizens who have had enough will do. In Texas, voters do have the right to recall city elected officials.

I support the right to recall. Do you?

Linda Curtis, Independent Texans


10 thoughts on “Rogues, Raiders and Recall

  1. Thanks Gordon — for your spectacular work on the Hidden Pines fire. Everyone in Bastrop needs to read it:

    That said, folks, if we don’t self-organize to replace people like Kesselus, we will be forever not addressing the things that we must and the basics of what government is supposed to be doing.

  2. Linda,
    Thank you for being a beacon of light on this whole scary matter. I too support the act to re-call. I question if this new Mayor is what Coloradans call “The Locusts” swarming in to take over city councils, school boards etc, with their extreme ways not really thinking of the citizens and their community but feeding their own agendas.
    We can’t let this happen!

  3. Just keep in mind that it is this current City Manager who has failed miserably to contain the costs of legal work, especially the job of City Attorney. It is Talbot’s administration who is pushing around many Bastrop citizens by granting permits, then pulling them, then granting them, then…

    It is time for him and J.C. to go. Mayor Kesselus is doing it a bit ham-handedly, but do it he must.

  4. Be careful what you wish for, Bill. Do you want an in-house city attorney that Kesselus and this Council can control? Watch the costs go up and these guys roll right over the people of Bastrop. Fiscal restraint and honesty go hand in hand.

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