Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson Says There Is No Reason To Fire City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld [AUDIO]
On Thursday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac to discuss the latest coming out of the Lubbock city council.
At last night's city council meeting, many people were expecting the council to finally come to a decision on the ongoing feud between councilman Victor Hernandez and city manager Lee Ann Dumbauld. But so far, there have not been any major developments in the feud. The council decided last night to allow more time for their outside attorney to talk with Dumbauld's attorney and get more information on the issue. At the moment, Robertson said the city does have a few options they can take in this matter, including firing Dumbauld. But Robertson added that he was not in favor of letting Dumbauld go, with or without cause.
"The reason I'm opposed to terminating anybody without cause is that the concept in itself makes zero sense. Why would you ever terminate somebody for no cause? Anytime we do that, we're going to cost the taxpayers money and I'm not going to vote for it. Our second option is to terminate her with cause. I have yet to see cause so I'm unable to get on that side of the fence yet."
Other options include Hernandez resigning, or Dumbauld taking action on her own, whether that be remaining on the city council or resigning herself.
There were many other topics also brought up at the council meeting last night, including the rate increase for LP&L. But Robertson explained that even with the rate increase, Lubbock continues to have one of the lowest electric rates in the state, and that real issue of competition with LP&L is not the rates, but the customer support.
Robertson also discussed the latest with the city's water reclamation plans, commenting that in a worst case scenario, the city may need to use reclaimed water in 8 or 10 years, but Robertson is confident that it won't have to come to that.
Be sure and tune in to Lubbock's First News with Tom Collins and Laura Mac weekdays from 6 AM to 8:30 AM on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.