Rob Robinson is no longer mayor of Henrietta. The council accepted his resignation Monday, April 9, though it became effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 6.
The approval came with one stipulation, that it be made clear that Robinson is not “retiring” as mayor – he signed the letter as “Retiring Mayor of Henrietta”.
“It needs to be very clear he is not retiring his post. You will be accepting his resignation tonight,” said City Administrator Kelley Bloodworth. Alderman Robert Lavy brought the discrepancy in the letter to the council’s attention.
In the letter, Robinson sighted personal and family reasons for his resignation. He was not quite two years into his first term.
Bloodworth said the city is discussing its options for replacing Robinson with the Texas Municipal League. Henrietta is a general law city, which means it can operate with a pro-tem mayor, a position held by Alderman Howard Raeke.
The city must now decide if it will appoint a mayor or continue with the pro-tem mayor until the term is finished. With the filing period for this year’s municipal elections long past, a new mayor cannot be elected in the May 12 election.