Lubbock City Manager - A Race to the Finish - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/17/03

Lubbock City Manager - A Race to the Finish

They are hoping to end it on Thursday. The long drawn-out search, for a new City Manager for Lubbock. City councilmen burning up the phone lines on the eve of an executive session.

Word on Wednesday is that of the three candidates, two have moved to the front - Tommy Gonzalez and William Pupo, with support for Rickey Childers fading.

The horse-race affirming the opinion of the city manager search committee. NewsChannel 11 obtained a confidential candidate rating form on which Pupo and Gonzalez both scored the same. Remarkably, Childers scored higher than his competitors, 13, the lower number carrying more weight, but insiders say he's lost support from the council. The specific reason - unknown, although last week NewsChannel 11 reported about a controversy from his past in which he ordered certain employees fingerprinted after he received a letter criticizing his administration in Longview.

As for Pupo, his last job as the City Manager of Surprise, Arizona ended when the city council voted 4 to 2 against renewing his contract, stating, "It's time for a change."

Meanwhile Gonzalez has served as the Interim City Manager of Lubbock for the past 9 months. Wednesday he was serving on jury duty, Thursday the city council is expected to return with their verdict for City Manager.

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