LUBBOCK TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has learned that the City of Lubbock fired Animal Services Director Kevin Overstreet. Overstreet tells NewsChannel 11 that he was fired at 4:30pm Friday, and he says he will request a grievance hearing.
He referred to his attorney for further comment. We have not received a call back.
We also contacted the city who would not even confirm that Overstreet has been fired. We 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 now. 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 in retaliation for reporting what he calls criminal violations at city hall, "Ya know, we've shed some light on some pretty dark things here in the last couple of years. I think this is the end result, at least for me."
That was on November 9th when NewsChannel 11 broke the story that Overstreet called for the resignations of the City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and Assistant City Manager Quincy White. NewsChannel 11 has learned that Overstreet's call for his bosses' resignations was not cited as an official reason for his termination.
The city cited other issues that included the accusation that he failed to provide the city with animal counts, and he referred to himself as a peace-officer rather than an animal service officer.
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