Local City Hall Closed As Texas Rangers Investigate

City hall was closed again Wednesday in a small Texas town where the city judge and secretary are both on leave with pay while Texas Rangers investigate allegations of possible impropriety.

The posted notice for the specially-called meeting of the Valley Mills City Council Wednesday night. (Photo by Jim Peeler)

VALLEY MILLS (August 6, 2014) Valley Mills City Hall was closed again Wednesday and the city judge and secretary remained on leave with pay while Texas Rangers investigate allegations of possible impropriety.

City hall in the town of 1,200 north of Waco has been closed and the two officials have been on administrative leave since last Friday, Valley Mills Mayor Jerry Pierce said Wednesday.

Pierce would not comment further on the employees because it involves a personnel issue.

The Valley Mills City Council has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the issue, Pierce said.

Texas Rangers also are investigating former Valley Mills Fire Chief Brady Schuetz, who was fired a few months ago after allegations arose involving embezzlement from the fire department treasury.

Pierce said the city's water, sewer and police departments were staffed and on the job.

Pierce said it is not clear when city hall might re-open, but said customers can drop off water payments at the slot provided at city hall.


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