Abilene City Council elects not to censure Steve Savage for controversial comment

Steve Savage& Nanci Liles

ABILENE, Texas - During an executive session at Abilene City Council's meeting Tuesday night, members failed to pass a motion to censure councilman Steve Savage for a social media comment he wrote Sept. 12.

It stems from a Facebook post written by Nanci Liles, executive director of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, in which she expressed gratitude to the council for adopting the city's budget for the next fiscal year. Savage wrote a comment saying, "You mean you are glad your paycheck is secure for one more year…." When Liles retorted, Savage wrote "B.P.," which is an abbreviation for "b---- please."

Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams brought forth the motion to publicly censure Savage for his comment, and the city council's rules of procedure require six votes in favor to pass. Councilwoman Donna Albus seconded the motion.

However, Bruce Kreitler was the lone vote against the motion, with Savage not voting. The motion failed. In May 2016, Kreitler was the subject of his own controversy after a comment he made to a city employee, who filed a grievance with the city in response.

During public comment, one person spoke against Savage.

"Maybe someone will ask him to step down," the resident said. "He has no business deciding the future for you or me or anyone else in Abilene."

Savage publicly apologized to Liles on Facebook shortly after the exchange, and Liles said she accepted his apology.

Savage said Tuesday night he had no comment following the council's decision.

Broadcast package by Lindsey Ragas