McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 3, 2013

Mason resigns seat on McAlester City Council

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — McAlester Vice Mayor/Ward 6 City Councilor Sam Mason has resigned from the city council.

Mason had been the impetus behind the calling of a special city council meeting held Nov. 20.

The meeting had been called for “discussion of concrete panel replacement projects, past potential violations of competitive bidding requirements with possible action and/or recommendations by council to resolve said issues.”

Mason had expressed disappointment when the meeting ended without any action.

Before the meeting ended, Mason had said he didn’t know if he wanted to remain on the council if the city council did not intend to enforce regulations and contract requirements.

Speaking to the News-Capital today, Mason said he has concerns about whether there have been illegalities and whether the law has been followed, both in bidding procedures and in the concrete panel replacement projects.

“Everybody wants to continue whitewashing it and saying this won’t happen again,” Mason said.

“We seem to be repeating the past.”

“People will consider that my opinion, and that will be fine,” said Mason.

With a city election approximately three months away, Mason’s resignation means the city council can appoint a successor, according to provisions in the city charter.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.