City selects James Loomis as interim city manager - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City selects James Loomis as interim city manager

Interim City Manager James Loomis (KCBD File Photo) Interim City Manager James Loomis (KCBD File Photo)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council named a new person to run the city on Friday, but James Loomis says he doesn't want the job permanently.

Council members named Loomis as interim city manager in a special meeting.

Loomis is aviation director at the Lubbock airport. He has worked for the city since 2004.

Friday's decision came after the council voted to fire Lee Ann Dumbauld, following a dispute between her and Councilman Victor Hernandez.

Loomis assured us that it will be business as usual as he moves forward with the city budget.

"I've been an assistant manager in the past, so none of this is new to me. and I'm certainly not afraid of the process. The budget is underway right now. If you are interested in the budget...that process is going to go through just like it always does."

Loomis says he will return to his job at the airport once a permanent replacement is found.

Mayor Glen Robertson says the city council wants to take action to find the right person for the permanent job, but doesn't want to rush the process.

"This is the most important decision the council will make, in our brief tenure as the Lubbock City Council. Every one of us is aware of that and is committed to coming together, putting everything behind us, and realizing that our job now is to do the best we can for the citizens of Lubbock," Robertson said.

Mayor Robertson says the council will take up the issue at the next city council meeting.

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