Lubbock City Council members caught many of us by surprise Monday when they voted 4-3 to fire City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld.
The big question, other than what will this cost the taxpayers is, why was Dumbauld fired?
If you go back the last several months and look at the events that played out in the news, it really should have been no surprise.
Back in April, amongst a huge feud between Councilman Victor Hernandez and Dumbauld, Councilwoman Latrelle Joy said Dumbauld should have been fired for ordering staff members to complain about an elected councilperson.
"…for me that is cause for termination,"she said.
Three months later, she made the motion to fire the city manager and she had the votes of Victor Hernandez (no surprise there), Jim Gerlt and Todd Klein.
And four votes is all you need to get anything done in this town.
So, now the search for a new city manager begins. Hopefully, they'll chose a candidate who doesn't wage war against elected officials publicly or behind the scenes.
That candidate needs to remember that the citizens elect people who hire a city manager. And no matter how much tenure they build over the years, the city manager works for the elected city council, not the other way around.
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