COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Coppell has a new mayor Wednesday after the previous mayor committed suicide in a scandal that shocked North Texas.
Back in July, former Coppell mayor Jayne Peters killed her daughter and then took her own life. A resulting investigation later determined that Peters was struggling with mounting financial problems.
The man now tasked with moving the city forward is no stranger to the citizens of Coppell. Doug Stover has served on the City Council and was the city’s mayor for six years prior to handing the reigns over to Peters just 18 months ago.
Since that time, however, Coppell residents have been rocked by the murder-suicide and revelations that Peters had charged thousands of dollars worth of personal items on her city-issued credit card. During the death investigation, it was determined that Peters committed suicide shortly after city officials began to put pressure on her to produce receipts and reconcile the account.
For months following the death of Peters, many citizens in Coppell could focus on little else. But in a recent newspaper interview, Stover said that the community has turned a page, with talk now turning to issues related to managing the city – taxes, potholes and traffic.
Although Stover has held this job once before, he will have his work cut out for him. In addition to those city management issues, Coppell is currently without a police chief. The Texas Rangers are investigating the Coppell Police Department, and a deputy chief is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal probe.
Stover was the only person who filed to run for Mayor, so a special election was canceled. He was sworn in at Coppell City Hall Wednesday afternoon