GREENVILLE — A jury in the 196th District Court has found West Tawakoni City Council member Carol Solomon guilty of one count of official misconduct.
The panel found that Solomon as a public servant accepted or agreed to accept a benefit from a person she knew to be subject to her regulation, inspection or investigation.
West Tawakoni Mayor Pete Yoho filed suit in October 2010 against Solomon, seeking her removal from the council due to allegations of misconduct.
In return, Solomon filed a counter claim against Yoho, alleging claims of defamation and malicious persecution.
Yoho’s original suit claimed Solomon and her husband Larry used city employees and equipment to remove a tree stump from their property, replace a drain culvert and grade the driveway to their residence in late May or early June 2010, without compensating the city.
Solomon has denied the allegations.
Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr., who represented Yoho on behalf of the State of Texas, has been instructed to draw up a judgment, which may include Solomon's removal from the city council. Judge Steve Tittle will then rule on the judgment during a hearing scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday.
Should Solomon be removed from the city council due to official misconduct, she will be unable under state law to hold the same office for two years.
Solomon is unopposed in seeking the Place 4 spot on the council in the November 6 election, with early voting set to begin Monday.