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City council votes against release of Dumbauld report

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Several hot button topics were addressed at Thursday's Lubbock City Council meeting.

Councilman Victor Hernandez asked fellow council members to release a report connected to the firing of former City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld.

An outside attorney reviewed complaints filed against Hernandez, along with Dumbauld's role in those complaints. After the council received that report, Dumbauld was fired.

Hernandez now wants it made public, saying the information "vindicated him of wrongdoing."

"I have the right to be publicly vindicated because I have been publicly accused," said Hernandez.

He also wants it forwarded it to the district attorney to see if criminal charges are warranted.

Councilman Jim Gerlt said legal council advised not to release the report because it was the "best interest of the city" and therefore he would be voting against the motion.

Hernandez's motion failed 4-3. Council members Victor Hernandez, Todd Klein and Latrelle Joy voted to release the documents. 

Council members also discussed a possible ban on texting and driving within Lubbock city limits. Councilman Todd Klein put the item on the agenda to talk about a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.  Police Chief Roger Ellis agreed to make more public appearances for awareness on this topic. Mayor Glen Robertson says he is not ready to vote on a ban just yet.

"I'm still on the fence. I want people to quit texting and driving but I have issues on how do we enforce it? Do we have the capabilities to enforce it and how can you tell if somebody's texting or dialing a phone?" asked Robertson.

Nothing was voted on.

Council members also considered an investigation into Lubbock Power and Light's bidding process.

This comes after Mayor Robertson says an outside party made serious claims of possible law breaking and bid rigging during LP&L request for proposal or RFP.

That is the process LP&L goes through to get people to provide bids on a project.

This follows Wednesday's decision by the Electric Utility Board members to launch their own investigation.

The council voted 7-0 to postpone their investigation indefinitely and let the board conduct their own.

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