Animal Services Director fired - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/16/09

Animal Services Director fired

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has learned that the City fired Animal Services Director Kevin Overstreet.

Overstreet did tell NewsChannel 11 that it happened Friday at 4:30 p.m. and that he will request a grievance hearing. He referred to his attorney for further comment, and we did leave a message.

The City would not confirm that Overstreet had been fired. NewsChannel 11 went so far as to ask if we could speak with Overstreet or leave him a message. The only answer we could get was "He's not available."

A City spokesman did admit there is no permanent Director of Animal Services. We know from our work on this story that Cynthia Metsgar is the interim Director.

Overstreet has been embroiled in a battle with City Hall for more than a year. At that time, he was overseeing both Animal Services and Emergency Management. He was relieved of his Emergency Management duties.

Overstreet claimed in writing late last year that the move was retaliation for reporting what he calls criminal violations at City Hall.

On November 9th, NewsChannel 11 broke the story that Overstreet called for the resignation of the City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and Assistant City Manager Quincy White.

NewsChannel 11 has learned that Overstreet's call for his bosses resignation was not cited as an official reason for his termination.

Other issues including the accusation that Overstreet did not provide the Assistant City Manager with animal counts, and that he referred to himself as a peace officer were the official reasons cited by the City.

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