Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction.

Ditto in the race for Stephenville City Council.

Just two days before residents headed to the polls to vote on four contested races, councilman Jerry Warren, who was not up for re-election, resigned from place 8.

Warren reportedly submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately to City Manager Allen Barnes Thursday night and Barnes informed council members on Friday morning, according to Mayor Kenny Weldon.

Weldon said the council will be looking into article 3, section 12 of the city charter to determine how that seat should be filled.

“We need to find out what our options are,” Weldon said.

Warren’s abrupt resignation followed weeks of turmoil that began with an insult Warren made on Facebook about David Baskett, who is challenging Sherry Zachery for place 7.

Outrage followed the post, which was deleted, but Warren’s troubles only got worse when council members began distancing themselves from him.

A short time later Warren sent an email to the E-T announcing he would no longer support Zachery and, instead, would get behind Baskett’s bid for election.

One week later, that reportedly changed again when he publicly announced that he would resign from the council if Baskett was elected.

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction.

Ditto in the race for Stephenville City Council.

Just two days before residents headed to the polls to vote on four contested races, councilman Jerry Warren, who was not up for re-election, resigned from place 8.

Warren reportedly submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately to City Manager Allen Barnes Thursday night and Barnes informed council members on Friday morning, according to Mayor Kenny Weldon.

Weldon said the council will be looking into article 3, section 12 of the city charter to determine how that seat should be filled.

“We need to find out what our options are,” Weldon said.

Warren’s abrupt resignation followed weeks of turmoil that began with an insult Warren made on Facebook about David Baskett, who is challenging Sherry Zachery for place 7.

Outrage followed the post, which was deleted, but Warren’s troubles only got worse when council members began distancing themselves from him.

A short time later Warren sent an email to the E-T announcing he would no longer support Zachery and, instead, would get behind Baskett’s bid for election.

One week later, that reportedly changed again when he publicly announced that he would resign from the council if Baskett was elected.
But Warren said none of that had anything to do with his decision.

"My resignation from the city council is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the upcoming election or any recent events relating there to," he said in an email to the E-T. "My thanks to the people who supported me in my efforts to give back to the wonderful city of Stephenville."