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The City of Kennedale contracts with Tarrant County for their General Elections, which are generally the first Saturday of each May. Registered Kennedale voters can vote at the Kennedale Community Center (in the Library) at 316 W 3rd Street, Kennedale TX, 76060. Check your current voter registration status here.
In even years, the offices of Mayor and City Council places 2 and 4 are up for election; and in odd years, City Council Places 1, 3, and 5 appear on the ballot. Those elected by a majority vote (more than 50%) are sworn into office for two-year terms. If no single candidate secures more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election will be held for that place. There are no term limits, and there is no cost to file for a place on the ballot. If you're interested in running in an upcoming election, you can get more information at www.cityofkennedale.com/election.
Kennedale Home Rule Charter §4.04
(a) Each member of the City Council, including the Mayor, shall meet the following qualifications:
(b) No candidate may file for more than one office or position number per election.
View the Local Qualifications Form
Kennedale Home Rule Charter §4.01
Section 4.01 - City Council Places and Terms
(a) The City Council shall be divided into the Mayor and places 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Each position shall be filled by a qualified citizen from the City at large by a majority vote cast by qualified voters.
(b) Each place shall be for a two year term. The Mayor and Council members for places 2 and 4 shall be elected in even numbered years. Council members for places 1, 3, and 5 shall be elected in odd numbered years.
NOTE: There are no term limits defined.
The City Council holds regular meetings at City Hall (405 Municipal Drive) on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (with the Work Session at 5:30 p.m.). Special meetings are scheduled as needed. Agenda packets are emailed at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Councilmembers receive $1.00 for each meeting attended. A Councilmember shall forfeit office if the member fails to attend 3 (three) consecutive meetings without valid excuse or fails to maintain an 80% attendance record. (Kennedale Home Rule Charter §3.06)
The Charter (§3.04) states that all powers of the City shall be vested in the City Council. The City Council shall exercise these powers to ensure the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the City by law and by this Charter. Specifically, the City Council is provided with, but not limited to, the following powers:
(a) To enact municipal legislation.(b) To appoint or elect and to remove, after a hearing, all persons appointed or elected by the City Council.(c) To establish the compensation for all City officers.(d) To create, change, or abolish all offices, departments, and agencies of the City government other than those offices and agencies created by this Charter; and to assign additional duties and powers consistent with this Charter to officers, departments, and agencies created by this Charter.(e) To establish operating policy.(f) To establish the boundaries of the City.
The Charter (§3.03) states that the Mayor shall preside at City Council meetings, and shall be recognized as head of the City government. The Mayor shall have the right to vote only in the event of a tie. The Mayor shall also have veto power. The City Council shall elect one of its members Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Tem shall act as Mayor in the absence of the Mayor and shall have the same duties and power as the Mayor except veto power. The Mayor Pro Tem shall retain the right to vote as a Council member.
The Mayor may exercise veto power over a Council action within five (5) working days of that action. The Mayor shall give written notice of a veto to the City Secretary. Upon proper notice, Council action to consider overriding a veto shall be an agenda item at the next scheduled Council meeting. The decision of the Council to override a veto is not subject to veto by the Mayor and becomes effective immediately.
The Charter (§12.15) states that (a) Before taking the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by this Section and entering upon the duties of office, all elected officials of the City shall subscribe to the following statement: “I, _____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment, for the giving or withholding of a vote at the election at which I was elected so help me God.” (b) Before taking the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by this section and entering upon the duties of office, all appointed officials of the City shall subscribe to the following statement: “I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, or promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money, or valuable thing, or promised any public office or employment, as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation thereof, so help me God.” (c) Before entering upon the duties of their offices, all elected and appointed officials of the City shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of __________ of the City of Kennedale of the State of Texas and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, and the Charter and ordinances of this city, so help me God.”
Every criminal defendant has the right to remain silent and refuse to testify (without consequence). You have the right to retain an attorney and have them try your case or answer your questions. Since offenses in this court are punishable only by fine and not incarceration, you do not have the right to appointed counsel.
You have the right to a jury trial. You may also waive your right to a jury trial and request a trial before the judge, commonly called a bench trial.
At trial you have many rights, including:
In addition to your rights, you also have legal responsibilities. The law requires you to make an appearance on your case. Your appearance date is noted on your citation, bond, summons, release paperwork, or mailed notice. You or your attorney may appear in person in open court, by mail, or you may deliver your plea in person to the court.
Your first appearance is to determine your plea. This is sometimes done at the clerk’s window or in front of the judge (if you request a first appearance court hearing). If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or no contest, you may present extenuating circumstances for the judge to consider when setting your fine. If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a pretrial to speak with the city prosecutor.
There are six options in disposing of your citation:
The law is very specific in what we may and may not allow for those who hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any type of deferred disposition or the option to complete a driver safety course. This applies even if you were driving your personal vehicle.
Some options may become unavailable if you miss your appearance date. We grant a 10-day grace period prior to warrant issuance to account for items that are mailed. Please be aware, if you have mailed in your plea and we receive it after the appearance date, you may receive a delinquency notice. These are automatically generated for each citation the day after the initial appearance date.
If you have chosen a bench or jury trial, you may represent yourself as a Pro Se defendant. However, you will be expected to follow all general rules of trial proceedings. Also, if a juvenile has requested a bench or jury trial, a parent cannot act as their attorney. They will be required to either retain a state-licensed attorney or represent themselves.
Failure to notify the court at least 24 hours in advance will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. If an emergency occurs resulting in a missed court date, documentation of the emergency situation will be required in order to have the court date rescheduled. A Request for Continuance may be found here.
A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties (including family cases). In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions or disputed facts based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. Municipal courts do not hear civil cases.
Yes, any dog, cat, or ferret over four months old must be registered with the Kennedale Police Department (401 Municipal Drive). The cost is $5.00 per year. For more information, call 817-985-2160 or visit https://library.municode.com/tx/kennedale/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=KECO_CH3AN_ARTIVANLI
Owners can, of course, take their animal(s) for a walk, provided they are always restrained with a hand-held leash and all manure/droppings are disposed of.
Read all the rules regarding animals in the City of Kennedale here.
The City of Kennedale does not have an animal shelter. All animals impounded by the city are taken to the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Facility at 4900 Martin Street (817-392-3737). Animals are only held for 72 hours. Fees must be paid at the Kennedale Police Department (401 Municipal Drive) before an animal can be claimed by its owner from the Fort Worth facility. When you arrive to claim your pet, you may be asked to present a receipt from KPD as proof of payment of all fees.