Councilman promises to 'get to the bottom' of LP&L confusion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Councilman Jim Gerlt promises to 'get to the bottom' of LP&L confusion

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Confusion and frustration; those are two words that have been associated with the current investigation into Lubbock Power and Light's bidding process.

But, right now, there are more questions than there are answers.

LP&L announced on Friday that the law firm hired to review their bidding process has been dismissed.

According to LP&L, the firm told them today that Lubbock's city manager and city attorney asked them to withdraw from any further work on the audit.

They say it's because the firm currently serves as bond counsel for the city.

Councilman Jim Gerlt says he's not sure why this was not caught sooner or how much extra money this will cost the city of Lubbock, but he does promise to get down to the bottom of it.

"That's another good question. I wish I knew. I will find out next week. I don't know what the law firm will do. It would be nice if they say, ‘Oops, our fault, we should have realized that' and not bill us for it, but I don't know," Gerlt said.

Councilwoman Latrelle Joy says it was her understanding that the utility board knew the firm served as bond counsel for the city when they hired them but assumed there would not be a conflict of interest.

LP&L says the audit process was close to being finished.

The LP&L board is now scheduled to decide how to move forward at Monday's meeting.

They say any firm hired to complete the audit will be briefed on all work that has already been done.

"If LP&L can't come up with a good firm to do the investigation, the city will step in. We'll make sure that an investigation is done. We want to know what's going on. This is too big of a deal to mess up," said Gerlt.

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