WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — The Wasco City Council voted 4-1 in favor of removing Mayor Alex Garcia from his position during Tuesday’s meeting.
The decision comes after Garcia pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving in connection with some consumption of alcohol. Garcia was arrested for driving under the influence in June.
Garcia will remain a city council member for the last six months of his term. Mayor Pro Tempore, Gilberto Reyna, will be acting mayor.
Two councilmen, Tilo Cortez and Vincent Martinez, have said in the past that Garcia should resign as mayor, although not necessarily from the City Council, because his case represented an unwanted distraction for the city.
Former Mayor Alex Garcia says he intends to keep the community of Wasco’s best interest in mind going forward.
“There’s always ups and downs in public service, and the action taken tonight is fine by me. It’s not going to stop me from being the bold leader I have been all my life, speaking truth to power and calling it for what it is,” he said. “I have served honorably and with distinction, and I was reappointed this year unprecedently by my colleagues, and I have served honorably ever since.”