Tippie removed from Council agenda

Liberty Hill City Councilman Byron Tippie, who has missed more than three consecutive Council meetings, was not present for Monday’s regular meeting.

The Council agenda distributed before the meeting showed an empty space where Tippie’s name previously appeared in a listing of city elected officials.

Tippie, who was elected in 2010 to the Place 3 position, was charged in January with a Class A misdemeanor. According to a Williamson County arrest affidavit, Tippie was charged with purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor stemming from an incident that the affidavit states occurred in December 2012.

Since his arrest, Tippie’s attendance at council meetings has been sparse.

City staff told The Independent Monday that Tippie had not submitted an official resignation. The Council has not taken official action on Tippie’s consecutive absences.

According to state law,  if a member of the governing body is absent for three regular consecutive meetings, the member’s office is considered vacant unless the member is sick or has first obtained a leave of absence at a regular meeting.

On the City’s website, Tippie’s name is still included on a list of council members. His term expires in May and he did not seek re-election.

Repeated attempts by The Independent to contact Tippie have been unsuccessful.