BROWNSVILLE, Texas –
Today, December 13, 2019, visiting Senior District Judge Manual Banales, after conducting a half day hearing, suspended San Benito School Board President Michael A. Vargas from the San Benito School Board.
The District Attorney’s Office had filed a motion seeking the suspension of Vargas during the pendency of action to remove him from office. The Judge found that there was sufficient evidence to support the allegations made against Vargas. Upon suspending Vargas, Judge Banales announced that he will be instructing the District Clerk to publish a newspaper advertisement. This advertisement will invite citizens from San Benito to apply to be appointed by Judge Banales as the Temporary Appointee to serve in the place of Vargas for pendency of the removal action. This removal action was filed by concerned citizens pursuant to chapter 87 of the Texas Local Government Code. A trial on the removal of Vargas is scheduled for April.
“Today’s decision is a very appropriate reminder to all elected officials, including myself, that our positions belong to the people. Just like they give you the position, they have the right to take it away from you if you violate their trust.” said Luis V. Saenz, Cameron County District Attorney.