After five years, Lubbock Power & Light Director Paul Thompson is stepping down. On Monday Thompson submitted his resignation to City Manager Bob Cass. Thompson's resignation is the third since January of a city official linked to transactions between WTMPA and LP&L.
The other two being, former Councilman Ty Cooke, who resigned and former Assistant City Manager Debra Forte, who retired, and has now been hired as the City Manager of La Port, Texas, near Houston.
WTMPA makes and sells electricity to Lubbock and other area cities. But there are unanswered questions on the regarding the utility and the relations between LP&L and WTMPA and City Manager Bob Cass says a change had to be made.
"Paul and I have had some ongoing discussions here, I'm not going to get much into the specifics other than to say I think it's obvious that we've been watching the electric utility over the last few months and Paul and I came to the conclusion that it would be best for him to resign, so I've excepted his resignation today," said Cass.
Thompson was unavailable for comment. According to City Manager Bob Cass, Thompson is expected to tie up loose ends over the next few weeks, his last official day will be February 21st. During his time in office, LP&L gained 10,000 new customers, and contributed more than 40 million dollars into the city's general fund.
"Paul has done a lot of good for the system over the last few years, he leaves our system in much better shape then it was in terms of the distribution system and a lot of number elements," Cass said.
Cass plans to name an interim to the position, then a search will begin for a permanent replacement. Wednesday an audit will be presented to City Council, the audit should include the appointed council's findings on this matter.