The wife of Mayor Christopher Perricone filed for divorce two days after police were called to the family home to check on a domestic dispute call, according to 29th District Court records.
Katie Beth Perricone filed the divorce petition with the court on Dec. 23. The couple has been married for 17 years and the parents of four children, ranging in age from 4 to 14.
The petition states the couple is separated and that the marriage "has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."
The filing seeks a temporary restraining order and injunctions preventing the mayor from coming to the residence where his wife and the children are residing, not making threats or having any communication with his wife, withdrawing or seizing assets and destroying any property.
The 38-year-old mayor is one of four Republican candidates seeking the eight-county District 60 seat in the Texas House of Representatives. He did not respond to a request to comment on the divorce petition. His wife responded by email but not with comments for the record.
Mineral Wells police were called to the couple's home the night of Dec. 21 after she called a friend, who in turn called police because the friend quoted Mrs. Perricone as saying her husband had "flipped out on her."
The responding officer reported finding no offense at the scene and stood by as she gathered some belongings and the children, then left the residence. Police said no charges were filed.
Two days before the domestic dispute call to police the mayor was indicted by a Palo Pinto County grand jury on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated perjury. He was released on $5,000 bond.
The first-time mayor, whose term ends in early May, was censured by the council last year on accusations of violating three city charter violations. Perricone responded by suing the city. The lawsuit was transferred from a Parker County district court to federal court in Fort Worth, where it is pending.
The mayor is scheduled for a Facebook broadcast at 6 p.m. today on a closed group page that has 2,200 members. A request by the Index to join the group has not received a response. The mayor said he plans to respond to pre-submitted questions sent by email.