City Council Representative Cortney Niland Resigns

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - After months of speculation, El Paso City Council Representative (District 8) Cortney Niland abruptly announced she is resigning from City Council during Tuesday's meeting.

Niland, who has been mostly absent since late December, recently sold her Upper Valley home and questions were swirling as to whether she would complete the remainder of her term on City Council, which has another two years.

In an emotional statement, Niland cited her impending divorce from her husband Jack along with a desire to obtain a job that could support her two children.

She went on to cite multiple accomplishments during her tenure on City Council and said that her desire was to stay in place until a replacement could be found to take her spot.

According to El Paso County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise, the earliest that election could take place would be during the June 10, 2017 El Paso City runoff election.

Niland is still under investigation by the Texas Rangers for her role in an alleged 'rolling quorum' that took place at City Hall on Friday, December 16th. In that meeting, several council members and community members were seen on surveillance in Mayor Oscar Leeser's office, allegedly to discuss the proposed Duranguito arena site.

The following City Council Meeting, on December 20, 2016 the Council Members who were present during the closed-door meeting all changed their mind about the location of the arena.

Shortly after announcing her resignation, Niland was escorted out a rear door at City Hall by a pair of El Paso Police Officers. She did not speak with any reporters.

With Niland's departure, it means that six spots on El Paso City Council are up for election.  Districts 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and the Mayoral spot are all up for grabs. 

NewsChannel 9 will have more on this developing story tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.



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