Kyle officials to call special election after unexpected resignation of council member mid-meeting

Former Council Member Shane Arabie resigned mid-meeting Feb. 5.

Former Council Member Shane Arabie resigned mid-meeting Feb. 5.

The city of Kyle will call a special election after the resignation of now-former Council Member Shane Arabie at the Feb. 5 meeting.

The city does not yet have details or dates about the special election, Communications Manager Kim Hilsenbeck wrote in an email.

Arabie’s resignation came just after the public comment period of the Feb. 5 meeting as Mayor Travis Mitchell was preparing to move on to the next agenda item.

“Can I have a moment?” Arabie asked. “I’d like to say something first.”

Citing professional reasons, he then formally resigned.

“Opportunities have changed, great opportunities as far as my employment,” Arabie said. “I just want to thank everybody for all the work that we’ve done over the last four or five years.”

He also said he felt he had reached some of his goals.

“It’s been a pleasure being here and getting to serve,” he said. “Everything I’ve wanted to accomplish—everything I’ve looked forward to—we’ve accomplished at this point.”

Following his statement, which lasted less than one minute, Arabie departed while the rest of the council and those attending the meeting applauded.

“Well that was unexpected,” Mitchell said. “Council member Arabie has been a highly active member here for over five years, and I’m sad to see him go.”

Arabie, former chair of the planning and zoning commission, was first elected in 2014.
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