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

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.