Mayor Glen Robertson called Thursday's special meeting to discuss and decide how to handle complaints by high-ranking city staffers against Councilman Victor Hernandez. Council members spent three hours behind closed doors discussing the allegations.
City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and Pam Moon, Executive Director of Finance, claimed the councilman has created a hostile work environment.
Pam Moon claimed Councilman Hernandez was trying to eliminate her position and a create a treasurer position.
On Thursday, council decided to dismiss the complaints filed by Pam Moon.
Councilwoman Latrelle Joy said, "That was the only one that was dismissed for a lack of merit. So, we won't precede any further with it. Whatever her options are, she can certainly exercise those options, but that was the desire of the council."
Mayor Glen Robertson and Councilwoman Karen Gibson voted against the dismissal. Robertson said he called for the investigation for two reasons: fairness to the employee, and elected official.
"I just feel like anytime you have a complaint from an employee against an elected official it has to be investigated," Robertson said.
Councilwoman Joy made a motion Thursday. Joy said, "I move there be an investigation concerning the allegations by Ms. Dumbuald against Councilman Hernandez."
Among Dumbauld's complaints against Hernandez, she claims he violated the city charter by interfering with the administration of the city.
Council voted six-to-one to conduct an investigation into her complaints.
"It will begin immediately," Joy said. "We will find the time when everyone--can reconvene. Then we will visit with the people who are involved, and see where that investigation leads us," she said. "I am not really happy about the situation. I think we have so many more important things to do on this council then to have to referee between the city manager and Councilman Hernandez."
A third employee, Budget Director Cheryl Brock withdrew her compliant against Hernandez claiming in part, she'd been directed by Dumbauld to file it. Council members say they will also investigate that claim.
FOX 34 also reached out to Councilman Hernandez for comment, but he declined.