Lemoore Councilmember Holly Blair absent from first meeting since arrest


Lemoore Councilmember Holly Blair was absent from the first council meeting since her arrest earlier this month.

She was taken into custody June 5th after allegedly speeding through the police station parking lot then leading officers on a chase, all while her child was in the backseat.

Her seat at city council was noticeably empty Tuesday and Nathan Olson the city manager said her future is still uncertain.

“So as far as legal action were still on standby we’re just letting the legal take its course. I believe there’s a hearing scheduled for the first part of July,” he said.

Olson said this is the third consecutive meeting Blair’s missed. Now he’s talking to the city attorney about just letting her absences take her off council.

“Our code of conduct for our council says it’s five meetings missed before we can take action,” he said. 

While Blair’s name has been stealing the spotlight. A Kings County Grand Jury report was on the agenda. It seemed to put some of the blame for Blair’s actions on the council and city staff’s inability to control council members and inadequate training.

The very little public comment echoed these findings. 

“Mayor Oneal I believe you are a peace maker. I believe you don’t want to offend anyone or embarrass anyone I also believe you are great ambassador for the city of Lemoore but sometimes I believe you are too nice for some of the responsibilities you have,” said one man.

The city disagreed with the report and without mentioning names pointed to how smoothly meetings went when certain councilmembers weren’t present.

“You saw how the meeting went tonight it was pretty cordial this is how it should be all the time this is what our residents expect out of our elected officials,” Olson said. 

Olson previously said he was looking into a temporary restraining order against Blair. He now said that’s off the table because she’d an elected official he does not believe it would go through.

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