Flower Mound Town Council Member Jim Pierson resigned his Place 1 position via email, Mayor Steve Dixon announced at a regular meeting of the council on May 12. A reason was not given for his departure.

“I wished him well and thanked him for his service,” Dixon said. “He wanted me to relay the information to council, and he said his resignation was immediate, and he did say that he wasn’t going to be able to make it tonight.”

The vacancy leaves the Town Council with the option to either call a special election or to appoint a replacement since Pierson resigned in the final year of his term.

If a special election is called, the Texas Constitution requires it be held within 120 days of the date of the vacancy.

Because the uniform election date in November lies outside that 120-day limit, Flower Mound would be responsible for entering into an agreement with Denton County to conduct an election for which the town would shoulder the cost.

The council could instead select an appointee by a simple majority vote. The council could opt to conduct interviews and collect applications for the position as well.

Any person selected, whether by vote or by appointment, would serve until May 2022.

The council will discuss and decide which option to use at its next meeting May 17.

The meeting also saw the swearing-in of incumbent Jim Engel, who ran unopposed for council seat Place 4 in the May election.

A June 5 runoff is scheduled to decide who will be the next mayor. Candidates Derek France and Itamar Gelbman were the top two vote-getters in a five-way race in May. Early voting starts May 24.