Lubbock's City Council tackling libraries, complaints, and hints regarding the future of one rather important employee City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld.
Now taxpayers will be footing the bill to hire an outside attorney who will give direction to council on how to handle issues surrounding complaints and the city manager's future.
Council members got an earful during citizen comments at Thursday's meeting.
Lubbock resident Armando Gonzalez said, "Personally I expected great things out of this city council, to do great things for the City of Lubbock. So far, you have acted like cannibals trying to eat your own."
However, the discussions got tense regarding the future of the city manager.
Councilwoman Latrelle Joy said, "The city would function better if Ms. Dumbauld was not in the city offices."
Joy proposed a motion to place Dumbauld on paid administrative leave. Joy said due to circumstances surrounding Dumbauld and Councilman Victor Hernandez, and city employees it would be fair for all involved parties to have Dumbauld out of City Hall.
However, after a tied three-to-three vote the motion failed. Councilman Floyd Price was not at the meeting due to family reasons and was not able to vote on the issue.
"I don't have any hard feelings one way or the other," Joy said. "We've got to move forward, but I felt like it was the right thing to do because of the process. It has been difficult for employees to work in this situation."
Council also voted to direct the city attorney to hire outside legal counsel to look into three issues:
Mayor Glen Robertson said, "The other reason we really had to hire outside counsel is Ms. Dumbauld is now represented by outside counsel. So it is imperative we have an attorney representing us," he said. "I would really love for things to end up... is for everybody to completely slow down and say this whole thing has gotten to the point of almost being ludicrous."
City Council will have a special called meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Robertson said by then the city attorney will meet with an outside attorney.
Robertson said council is looking at an attorney in Amarillo to represent the city.
Pam Moon, Executive Director of Finance who filed a complaint against Hernandez, her complaint was dismissed at last week's meeting, due to lack of merit. Robertson said Moon has also hired legal representation.