COLORADO CITY, Texas – The mayor of Colorado City, Texas, says he has resigned amid a controversy over a Facebook post in which he said it is not the local government’s responsibility to support residents in the wake of catastrophic weather and power outages this week.
In the since-deleted post, Tim Boyd said he was going to “hurt some feelings” and proceeded to chastise “lazy” people “looking for a damn handout.”
“No one owes you are (sic) your family anything, nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this,” Boyd said in his Tuesday morning post, which was obtained by the Abilene Reporter-News, part of the USA TODAY Network.
“Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish (sic),” Boyd wrote.
The post was made as millions in Texas were without power following a winter storm. Utilities from Minnesota to Texas and Mississippi implemented rolling blackouts to ease the burden on power grids straining to meet extreme demand for heat and electricity.
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Boyd signaled his resignation in a lengthy second post, saying he never intended to speak for the city or Mitchell County, as he was only just a citizen and not mayor anymore.
However, it is unclear when exactly Boyd resigned. The Dallas Morning News reported that he had been scheduled to speak at a City Council meeting last week.
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Boyd said in the second post that his wife has also faced repercussions from his rant. She was fired from her job, he said.
He took exception to the situation.
“I admit, there are things that are said all the time that I don’t agree with,” he said, “but I would never harass you or your family to the point that they would lose there (sic) livelihood such as a form of income.”
The Colorado City government did not immediately respond for comment Wednesday.
Colorado City is a town of about 4,000 residents some 230 miles west of Dallas.
Contributing: Associated Press. Follow reporter Timothy Chipp on Twitter: @TimothyChippARN