Removed Council Member Bill Goodwin files suit against city of Bee Cave

Bee Cave Council Member Bill Goodwin filed suit against the city's mayor and council members. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave Council Member Bill Goodwin filed suit against the city's mayor and council members. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bee Cave Council Member Bill Goodwin filed suit against the city's mayor and council members. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Former Bee Cave City Council Member Bill Goodwin has taken legal action against the city's current mayor and council members.

The suit, filed June 29, comes following a May 12 vote from council to remove him from office for alleged violations against Bee Cave's Home Rule Charter.

Goodwin resigned from several posts he held with the city following a string of actions that took place earlier this year resulting in council's actions against him.

An email from Goodwin's Attorney, Bill Aleshire, states the lawsuit's central legal issue centers on whether the city charter says that a council member forfeits his or her current council seat for alleged acts they took before their current term.

"We maintain that the Charter does not say that, does not give the Council such authority for removal, and if it was interpreted that way, it would be considered unconstitutionally vague and void," Aleshire said, and added that Goodwin maintains he is still a council member and "will seek an order from the Travis County District Court to stop the council from interfering in his service to the people of Bee Cave as their elected Council Member for his 2-year term."


City Manager Clint Garza said at this time the city of Bee Cave has no comment Goodwin's lawsuit.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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