On Friday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest coming out of city council.

The ongoing drama between Councilman Victor Hernandez and City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld continued to escalate at last night's city council meeting. At Thursday's meeting, the council agreed to hire outside legal counsel regarding Hernandez's investigation. The council also voted 3-3 against a motion to place Dumbauld on administrative leave for an unspecified amount of time.

Robertson said he was very concerned about this "painful and ugly process." He stated that all of the accusations have been against Hernandez, but all the focus is being placed on Dumbauld. He went on to say that Dumbauld has been following all of the proper procedures in this matter, including her involvement with Pam Moon's complaint against Hernandez, which was recanted during last week's special session.

However, Robertson said what concerns him the most will be the financial impact the case will have on the citizens of Lubbock. He stated that the citizens would have to pay for this outside legal counsel, and that if things continue to escalate, it will ultimately end up in the city losing a large amount of money.

"The problem is we still have council members trying to take action, we still have council members making comments about terminable offenses and paid administrative lead, and we're still taking action that's going to end up costing the taxpayers of this town money if we're not careful."

Robertson also addressed several questions form callers concerning the issue of Hernandez and Dumbauld. In regards to why the Mayor has not made a motion to recuse Hernandez from any further involvement in this case, Robertson replied that there is no legality or rule that the council can use to force Hernandez to recuse himself from the investigation.