EUB to meet Monday to discuss LP&L director's employment - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

EUB to meet Monday to discuss LP&L director's employment

LP&L Director Gary Zheng LP&L Director Gary Zheng
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - LP&L Director Gary Zheng remains on paid administrative leave on Sunday night, but his job will be the focus Monday morning during a special Electric Utility Board meeting.

Their decision could cost rate-payers well over half-a-million dollars.

Back in May, the EUB voted 6-to-3 to place Zheng on leave. This came after allegations of bid-rigging last year, involving proposals to build a new power plant. An investigation found no illegal activity.

But another issue came to light in May. LP&L’s CFO told city leaders he took his concerns about the utility to the FBI. At issue, past-due invoices related to the power plant proposals.

And that was enough to place Zheng on leave.

Now the EUB says it may be ready to move forward.

Electric Utility Board Chairman Greg Taylor says, "At some point, we have to take steps to address the seriousness of some of those things and the majority of us felt at this point this was the proper action to take."

But moving forward will cost the city.

The board will meet on Monday to discuss Zheng's employment and severance, which would pay him two year's base salary, plus benefits and any vacation or sick time left.

Zheng currently makes $251,000 a year. His severance could end up being about $700,000 in total.

LP&L's Attorney Todd Kimbrough remains in charge until a replacement is named.

KCBD will be at Monday’s meeting and keep you up to date on this developing story on air and on the web.


Copyright 2014 KCBD. All rights reserved.


  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:56:14 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:54:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...(AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was...
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed him.
  • Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:54:26 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

  • Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

    Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:32 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:32:51 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:46:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Former FBI director James Comey poses for photographs at a Barnes & Noble book store before speaking Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Former FBI director James Comey poses for photographs at a Barnes & Noble book store before speaking Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in New York.

    The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, relenting as House Republicans threatened to subpoena the documents and criticized...

    The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, relenting as House Republicans threatened to subpoena the documents and criticized department officials.

Powered by Frankly