Henrietta Loses Mayor

The city of Henrietta has a temporary mayor. Former mayor Rob Robinson's resignation became effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The council accepted his resignation, Monday, April 9, once Robinson made it clear that he is not "retiring" as mayor. Alderman Robert Lavy pointed out to the council that Robinson signed his letter of resignation as "Retiring Mayor of Henrietta".

The city is now going over options for replacing Robinson with the Texas Municipal League. In the meantime Alderman Howard Raeke is taking Robinson's place as a pro-tem mayor.

Henrietta's council members are considering whether to appoint a mayor or have Raeke finish the term. A new mayor can't be elected in the May 12 election because the filing period for 2012's municipal elections is already over.

In the letter, Robinson sighted personal and family reasons for his resignation. Montague, Clay, Archer County District Attorney Jack McGaughey said Robinson is not under investigation for anything criminal and heard he is moving to Florida.

Robinson was in the second year of his first term as mayor.