Abilene city council set to speak on Savage's comments at next meeting

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - A statement made in a Facebook comment by an Abilene city councilman caused an uproar throughout the Key City, Wednesday.

Some people are even calling for his censure.

Following Tuesday night's council meeting, where the city budget was approved, executive director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Nanci Liles, made  a Facebook post that said "I am grateful to live in a city that offers great opportunity to live, work and visit. I thank our city leadership both past and present."

Councilman Steve Savage commented on that post, saying, "You mean you are glad your paycheck is secure for one more year..."

Later comments included the letters "B.P."  from Savage.

Liles said she did not know what those letters meant but when she was later told what it meant, she was appalled.

"I took objection to it, I was insulted," Liles said. "I took objection to it, I was insulted and now that I know and the way everything has gone, this is unfortunate, it is not the place either in person or on social media.

Wednesday, councilman Shane Price held a press conference on behalf of Mayor Anthony Williams, since he was out of town.

"He[Mayor Williams] is however, very disappointed with the words he chose to use in that social media post," Price said.

Many interpreted Savage's response as derogatory.

"I have not talked to him to confirm that . I have not talked to him to confirm that that's what he meant to convey," Price said.

"He has aplogized to me, I have accepted that apology and thanked him for it," Liles said.

However, not before numerous people made calls and sent emails to city hall, calling out Savage's comments.

"Disappointment that someone in his position would use language like that. Others were asking for censure," Price said.

Now, the social media thread has set a precedent for future disagreements.
 
"We will be having a discussion within the council first about a professional and respectful approach that's needed by those who are elected to represent this great city," Price said.

So what is next for Councilman Steve Savage? Price said that it is up to the city council to decide.

"One - we can talk about it and do nothing. The second is we could talk about it and privately censure within the confines of executive session and nothing comes out from that or we can do a public session which is in the form of a resolution," Price said.

Price said the next step will be dicussed at the next city council meeting on the September 28th.

We have tried mulitple times to reach out to Councilman Steve Savage for comment but he has declined our requests.A statement made in a Facebook comment by an Abilene city councilman caused an uproar throughout the Key City, Wednesday.

Some people are even calling for his censure.

Following Tuesday night's council meeting, where the city budget was approved, executive director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Nanci Liles, made  a Facebook post that said "I am grateful to live in a city that offers great opportunity to live, work and visit. I thank our city leadership both past and present."

Councilman Steve Savage commented on that post, saying, "You mean you are glad your paycheck is secure for one more year..."

Later comments included the letters "B.P."  from Savage.

Liles said she did not know what those letters meant but when she was later told what it meant, she was appalled.

"I took objection to it, I was insulted," Liles said. "I took objection to it, I was insulted and now that I know and the way everything has gone, this is unfortunate, it is not the place either in person or on social media.

Wednesday, councilman Shane Price held a press conference on behalf of Mayor Anthony Williams, since he was out of town.

"He[Mayor Williams] is however, very disappointed with the words he chose to use in that social media post," Price said.

Many interpreted Savage's response as derogatory.

"I have not talked to him to confirm that . I have not talked to him to confirm that that's what he meant to convey," Price said.

"He has aplogized to me, I have accepted that apology and thanked him for it," Liles said.

However, not before numerous people made calls and sent emails to city hall, calling out Savage's comments.

"Disappointment that someone in his position would use language like that. Others were asking for censure," Price said.

Now, the social media thread has set a precedent for future disagreements.
 
"We will be having a discussion within the council first about a professional and respectful approach that's needed by those who are elected to represent this great city," Price said.

So what is next for Councilman Steve Savage? Price said that it is up to the city council to decide.

"One - we can talk about it and do nothing. The second is we could talk about it and privately censure within the confines of executive session and nothing comes out from that or we can do a public session which is in the form of a resolution," Price said.

Price said the next step will be dicussed at the next city council meeting on the September 28th.

We have tried multiple times to reach out to Councilman Steve Savage for comment but he has declined our requests.


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