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Lubbock residents concerned about city council conflict

Bill Curnow hopes this conflict doesn't become a spectacle for the city. Bill Curnow hopes this conflict doesn't become a spectacle for the city.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Even after Thursday's city council meeting, the outcome of accusations between Lee Ann Dumbauld and Councilman Victor Hernandez remains murky and people in Lubbock are eager for a resolution.

"I found it very inappropriate, very unethical that he would vote to dismiss charges against himself - that he wouldn't recuse himself as I think many people would in that situation," said Lubbock resident Bill Curnow.

He used to live in Councilman Hernandez's district and spoke at the meeting on Thursday to express his disappointment in how the Councilman handled the situation.

"All I know is how things appear from the meetings, and it appears as though he's in a bit of a gray area where perhaps he should not be voting on things that affect him," Curnow said.

Curnow has been attending City Council meetings for many years and has seen his fair share of disagreements between council members, but he says this is unprecedented.

"I've heard a lot of people say it's business as usual at city hall but this is an unusual situation. I've seen a lot of tense moments, but I've never really seen anything like this before. We're kind of in uncharted territories."

Curnow doesn't claim to speak for everyone in Lubbock. He said reaction has been mixed among friends he has spoken with but he hopes this situation doesn't become a spectacle for the city.

Curnow feels the city has done the right thing by seeking outside help.

"I'm very, very pleased that they're hiring outside council to do the investigation because that gives us an impartial person to take a look at everyone involved, regardless of whether they're elected or appointed," he said.

Curnow is concerned about the situation, but believes that cooler heads will prevail.

"I'm perhaps naively optimistic that the two of them can move forward regardless of the outcome," he said.

We spoke with other residents in Councilman Hernandez's district, who declined to go on camera, but stated they would have to think carefully before signing a petition demanding his recall.

RELATED STORY: Petition started to recall Councilman Hernandez

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