Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Beloved Library Cat Outlasts City Councilman Who Wanted To Fire Him

Six years ago, the White Settlement Public Library in Texas adopted a cat from a local shelter as a form of kid-friendly, cheap, and reliable rodent control. Since then, the community has come to love and appreciate the feline, appropriately named Browser, with the notable exception of one man: City Councilman Elzie Clements.

This summer, Clements was the sole member of the City Council to vote in favor of firing Browser after a city worker complained that he wasn’t able to bring his puppy to work at City Hall. Browser was, thankfully, able to keep his job, but not before what KRLD describes as worldwide outrage ensued.

The scandal was apparently enough to ruin the local political career of Clements, who lost his seat in a landslide in November. As for Browser, he’ll keep his job as long as he wants.

“Browser is still employed and will be as long as he wishes to continue his duties as mascot and reading helper for the children at the library,” Mayor Ron White said, adding that he considers Browser the “Library Cat for Life.”

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