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Hernandez says council report 'vindicated me of wrongdoing'

Councilman Victor Hernandez Councilman Victor Hernandez

Lubbock City Councilman Victor Hernandez wants a report connected the firing of former City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld made public.

In April, the city hired an outside attorney to review complaints filed against Hernandez, and Dumbauld's role in those complaints.

After the council received that report in July, Dumbauld was fired.

Now, Hernandez wants council to approve releasing that report to the public.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Hernandez says the report "vindicated me of wrongdoing."

Hernandez says he would also like the report forwarded to the district attorney to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.

Council is scheduled to consider his request on Thursday.

The text of the councilman's press release is reproduced here:




On October 8, 2013 the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Open Records Division, issued its' opinion with regards to (among other items) whether or not the "Report on Investigation to Lubbock City Council" prepared by outside legal counsel Tom C. Riney and dated July 15, 2013, "is subject to required public disclosure under the Public Information Act … ." The Riney Report ("Report on Investigation to Lubbock City Council") was labeled Exhibit G.

Ultimately, the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Open Records Division, opined that, "the city may withhold Exhibit G … under Texas Rule of Evidence 503." Texas Rule of Evidence 503 deals with attorney-client privileged information.

City Councilman Victor Hernandez stated, "As an attorney, I am aware that the attorney-client privilege can be waived. I have placed on next week's agenda, an action item which will release the Riney Report for public consumption, if the majority of Council so chooses. Concurrently and/or alternatively, I will be urging my fellow Council members to forward the Riney Report to Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell for review and to determine if any evidence of criminal misconduct exists."

City Councilman Victor Hernandez was the focus of three city employee complaints made against him. Subsequently, one complaint was withdrawn and two complaints were dismissed by the Lubbock City Council. The Riney Report was received by the Council on July 15, 2013 after which, the City Council terminated the city manager.

Councilman Hernandez went on to say, "The findings contained within the Riney Report vindicated me of wrong doing. It is time that the public be made aware of the complete contents of the City Council approved investigation."

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