Marfa city attorney resigns following DWI charge

MARFA — Marfa City Attorney Teresa Todd, who in August was arrested for driving while intoxicated, tendered her resignation over the weekend after 15 years in the role.

In an email sent on Sunday to city staff and to The Big Bend Sentinel, Todd said she would be stepping down from the position — from which she was indefinitely suspended last month — in order to focus on her recovery following the August incident.

“After much deliberation, I have made the decision to resign from the office of Marfa City Attorney in order to focus on my path to alcohol recovery,” Todd wrote. “It was truly an honor to serve the City and the people of Marfa from 1994-1996 and from 2007-2022. As always, I wish the City all the best.”

Todd was arrested in the early morning hours of August 19 and was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing into a guardrail along Highway 17 between Marfa and Fort Davis. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The following week, Marfa City Council voted to suspend Todd indefinitely without pay, resolving to seek outside legal counsel in the meantime.

Todd was formally charged by the county with driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor, on September 20, court records show. Driving while intoxicated is generally a Class B misdemeanor unless the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the incident is 0.15 or higher, which Todd’s was alleged to have been at the time of the incident.

Todd entered a plea of not guilty on October 19. Her attorney, Liz Rogers, said that her client is doing well on her path to recovery. “She’s positive, she’s working on her recovery program, and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Rogers.