McKinney City Council appoints Chris Thornton to fill Shemwell vacancy

Chris Thornton is sworn into the McKinney City Council Dec. 1 to fill the vacancy for the District 1 seat. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chris Thornton is sworn into the McKinney City Council Dec. 1 to fill the vacancy for the District 1 seat. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chris Thornton is sworn into the McKinney City Council Dec. 1 to fill the vacancy for the District 1 seat. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney City Council agreed to appoint Chris Thornton, a lifelong McKinney resident and a local pastor, to be the interim District 1 council member.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor George Fuller said residents of McKinney’s east side were engaged in the discussion of who should fill the District 1 seat. From those discussions, Thornton’s name rose to the surface.

Thornton was sworn into the council seat later that night when Council met for its 6 p.m. meeting Dec. 1 and was able to serve in his first meeting. He will fill La’Shadion Shemwell’s former seat until May. Shemwell was recalled from his position on the council by McKinney voters during the Nov. 3 election.

Thornton will finish out the remaining term for the District 1 position, which expires in May, after which he could run for the position in the local election.

The appointment selection was made by council members unanimously.


“Chris is involved in the community and understands the community,” Mayor Pro Tem Rainey Rogers said. “I have a good friendship with him. I trust him. I think that he would absolutely represent District 1 for the five months that he's appointed very, very well.”
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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