Tafolla resignation on hold as Weslaco City Commission cancels meeting

A Weslaco City Commission meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

Some commissioners will be unable to attend due to various circumstances, according to Weslaco City Manager Mike Perez.

“The meeting was canceled for lack of a quorum — between people having to be out of town for business and one because of medical reasons, (we) just didn’t have a quorum,” Perez said.

He added the commission hopes to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, instead.

It was expected the commission would accept the resignation of District 4 Commissioner Jerry Tafolla at tonight’s now-cancelled meeting. Tafolla submitted a letter of resignation last Friday after pleading guilty to federal program bribery as part of a scheme involving the city’s water plant rehabilitation project.

Jerry Tafolla

Perez said Tafolla’s resignation, as well as other items on today’s meeting agenda, will remain on the agenda for next week’s meeting, with one addition: the calling for a special election.

According to the city charter, any vacancies on the commission trigger the need for a special election to be conducted within 120 days. With the commission’s expected acceptance of Tafolla’s resignation, Perez said the city is aiming to conduct an election for his replacement sometime in July.