By Ann Wyatt Little | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After a year long struggle with city hall, Animal Services Director Kevin Overstreet is on the verge of losing his job and now he’s fighting back. Overstreet hand delivered copies of a letter to city hall Monday making his case for why he should not be fired.
Last Monday, Overstreet called for the resignation of the city manager and assistant city manager. He claims he's been the target of retaliation for reporting possible crimes to the office of the Texas Attorney General.
"It's not the people down here I work for, it's the citizens I serve," said Overstreet, and he says he wants to get back to work.
Overstreet wrote seven pages worth of reasons why he thinks city officials are retaliating against him. He believes the retaliation stems from an employment discrimination charge he filed against city officials for misconduct back in July. “I think everyone know we were trying to settle issue from a year ago," said Overstreet.
Last week, Overstreet wrote a letter to City Manager Lee Ann Dumbald and Assistant City Manager Quincy White accusing them of leaking details of a settlement, and calling for their resignation. A day later he was placed on paid leave.
In his November 9th letter, Overstreet says before Quincy White became his boss he told Overstreet "the city will blank you. Be careful." Overstreet wrote that on October 29th two city executives informed him he should not sign the deal. He says he then received an anonymous call from a pay phone outside city hall informing him if he signed he would be fired.
“I go from director of emergency management to head dog catcher. I have a Masters certification in law enforcement and they want me to be the head dog catcher. I just want to go back to work and be left alone,” said Overstreet.
If the city decides to terminate Overstreet employment Overstreet asks that he remain on paid administrative leave until a grievance hearing takes place. A copy of the letter was also sent to the FBI. City officials did not want to comment.
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|Kevin Overstreet's letter to Quincy White
This is a November 9th, 2009 letter from Kevin Overstreet to Quincy White obtained by NewsChannel 11.