Council to continue investigation into City Hall dustup

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Updated: 4/05/2013 8:48 am

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.

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Liberty Seeker - 4/5/2013 8:59 AM
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"I just feel like anytime you have a complaint from an employee against an elected official it has to be investigated," Robertson said. Here lies the problem. Why should those receiving paychecks due to taxes extorted from the people, have more "merit" in a complaint. Complaints from every citizen against an elected official, should have equal protection under the law. In fact, Robertson & Gibson, by offering a service to a municipal employee that they do not grant to the public, would have put Moon into a position as to whether to violate the charter and accept such service on terms more favorable than granted to the public, or obey the law and accept a service solely as a citizen. As previously stated, municipal employees and officials should receive consideration exactly the same as any other citizen. No more, and no less. I understand there should be a hearing, which should be entirely public, as to which official abused authority. Whether citizen/councilman Hernandez used municipal resources for his investigation, or citizen/manager Dumbauld abused municipal authority in enticing subordinates to issue complaints against Hernandez. I invite the mayor to go onto record that he and the rest of the municipality will quit committing blasphemy against the city charter. They are to accept the same services granted to the public, and nothing more. Otherwise, the mayor is declaring, by his actions, that the city charter is not binding, and is essentially invalid. However, I must inform the people, that if the city charter is invalid, the municipality no longer lawfully exists. If he deliberately accepts a service granted exclusively to government officials, I will accept his nullification of the charter, as his willful termination of the lawful existence of the municipality. Current Lubbock municipal bonds will be valued at ZERO. It will be out of business. Its entire staff will be unemployed.
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