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McDonald removed from Electric Utility Board

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Council members have approved naming James Loomis as city manager, but it's not exactly like it sounds...

Loomis has been the acting city manager for months, but Mayor Glen Robertson requested an item be put on Thursday night's agenda to appoint Loomis as the city manager and discuss his pay.

Robertson says the process to hire a new city manger will likely take more than a year and calling someone an acting manager for more than a year does not seem appropriate.

Loomis called the discussion embarrassing, saying it's a personal issue that should be discussed in executive session.

Loomis told the council that he did not ask for any change and that he would continue to do his best until a permanent city manager is hired.

The council voted to name Loomis as city manager, but did not do anything to adjust his pay.

The council also voted to remove Dwight McDonald from the Electric Utility Board.

McDonald is a part-time magistrate for the municipal court. Council decided that makes him a city employee, not eligible to serve on the Electric Utility Board under city charter rules.

Members thanked McDonald for his service and questioned the eligibility of members Marc McDougal and Carroll McDonald. City Attorney Sam Medina told the council he would review their status.

The council did approve a grant that the police department can use to purchase new license plate scanners. You can find more details about that in our related story.

RELATED STORY: Federal grant could mean more license plate readers

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