Beaumont City Council Denies Mark Orozco’s Request for Leave of Absence
All Four Councilmen Asked for Orozco’s Resignation. Didn’t Orozco Help Get Two of Them Elected?
Orozco’s Letter Read in Council Regarding Leave of Absence
As you know, I have been Indicted by the County of Riverside. I deny all Claims of Misconduct and I am fully committed to defending myself against the Allegations.
There are critics calling for my Resignation. I have no intention to do so. The message that I would be sending to the Voters of the City would be contrary to my resolve and my innocence. I will fulfill my promise to continue my work on their behalf.
In addition; a Resignation would be a betrayal to my supporters that have continued to stand by me. Never the less, I am mindful of the distractions created by the Indictment. Absent in conclusion of the Criminal Proceedings; I am painfully aware of my presence at a Council Meeting would create a disruptive atmosphere that would hinder the important business of the City.
For that reason, although not Resigning my Seat on the Council, I am voluntarily and reluctantly taking a Leave of Absence pending my successful defense of the allegations against me.
Mayor Lloyd White: After reading that I’d like to make a Motion that we do not grant a request for an Excused Absence and I move that this is an Unexcused Absence for Mr. Orozco today.
Councilman Mike Lara: I’ll Second.
Councilman Julio Martinez: Yes.
Councilman Lara: Yes
Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Carroll: Yes
Mayor White: Yes
Lloyd White and Mike Lara had prepared statements asking for Orozco’s Resignation. Nancy Carroll and Martinez didn’t have prepared statements, but also asked for Orozco’s Resignation.