After nearly four hours behind closed doors in executive session, the Lubbock City Council voted Monday to terminate the employment of City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld. Members also voted to dismiss a complaint Dumbauld had filed against District 1 Councilman Victor Hernandez.
The motion was made by District 6 Councilwoman Latrelle Joy, who did not specify whether the termination was for cause. It passed 4-3, with District 2 Councilman Floyd Price, District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson and Mayor Glen Robertson voting against.
The termination is effective immediately.
Robertson said he wasn't surprised the vote was so close, and now council members need to focus on moving forward.
"This has been brewing for a long time," Robertson said. "And it is time for us as a council to pull together and put this behind us. There's no other way to put it. It's the vote. It's been done. It's final. Ms. Dumbauld is no longer employed by the city, so this council is really going to have to come together, and we're going to have to work two or three times as hard over the next 30, 60 days."
Council will meet for another special session Friday at 3:30 p.m. to discuss appointing an interim city manager.
Council members also voted to dismiss Dumbauld's complaint against District 1 Councilman Victor Hernandez that she filed with Human Resources in March. Among Dumbauld's claims in that complaint were that Hernandez violated the city charter by interfering with the administration of the city, and created a hostile work environment.
The vote to dismiss the complaint was 5-2, with Robertson and Gibson opposed.