Council to discuss removal of EUB board members - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Council to discuss removal of EUB board members

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council will be discussing the possible removal of a member of the Electric Utility Board during Thursday's City Council meeting. The move would come just two days after the EUB placed LP&L's CEO, Gary Zheng, on paid administrative leave.

City Council members will go behind closed doors for executive session to talk about the EUB.
Specifically, the item on the agenda states: "discuss the legal grounds for the removal of Electric Utility Board members for cause."  

Mayor Glen Robertson says it's an issue that's drumming up unnecessary concern.

"This has been blown way out of proportion and it's really not the big issue that people think it is," Robertson said.

Robertson says the agenda item stems from an EUB meeting in which EUB board secretary, James Conwright, tried to abstain from a vote to terminate Gary Zheng. EUB rules say members may not abstain.

Conwright's decision didn't sit well with Robertson or other council members, so they asked City Manager, James Loomis, to look into what the city's options were in regard to the abstention.  

"The main thing people need to understand is nobody is trying to remove anybody from the board," Robertson said.

During the executive session, Robertson says Loomis will brief the Council on what the rules are and how to enforce them. Afterward, if the Council deems it necessary, the item will be discussed in regular session.

"I don't think there's anybody after any board members, contrary to what's been reported. I really think this will kind of go away," Robertson said.

In the meantime, Zheng will remain on paid administrative leave for 30 days. During that time, Robertson says he hopes the controversy will die down.

"You know, LP&L's been at the forefront and I hope this is the beginning of the end of the drama," Robertson said.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will be at Thursday's City Council meeting and bring you updates on-air and online at KCBD.com.

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