Dumas city attorney resigns after 26 years


Last Updated on November 2, 2015 – 9:28 PM CST

Above: Dumas City Attorney Tom Moore submitted his resignation to the Dumas City Commission on Monday. It is effective Jan. 1, 2016.

After serving as the city of Dumas’ attorney for 26 years, Tom Moore is resigning. Moore told the City Commissioners on Monday he will continue to work until they find a replacement, but his resignation is effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Moore said his resignation has nothing to do with the mayor, commissioners, city manager or anyone else but that 26 years is enough.

“It is time for me to watch Monday night football, spend more time fly fishing and seeing how well my spouse can tolerate me being home at night,” Moore said.

Moore has lived in Dumas for 43 years, raising his three children here. He is a partner in the Moore, Lewis & Russwurm law firm, and he thanked his partners for allowing him to do noneconomic activities for the city. Moore was involved in the creation of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation and did pro bono legal work for the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League.

Moore also thanked the commissioners.

“Few people know the difficulties and pressures on you as elected officials,” he said. “Long nights away from families, not being able to please everyone, fielding complaints from all sides — some reasonable and some unreasonable. But in spite of all of the difficulties, getting up and joining the battle every day to make this a better place to live and work. I sincerely thank you for that.”

The city is involved in an unresolved litigation, and Moore said he’ll continue as legal counsel until it’s resolved.

“You will have my phone number, and I want you to feel free to call me at any time,” he said.