Lubbock Councilman Claims He Was Illegally Blocked from Meetings - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/5/07

Lubbock Councilman Claims He Was Illegally Blocked from Meetings

A Lubbock City council member says he's been illegally blocked from meetings, and now he's speaking out about it.

District Five Councilman John Leonard says he has been targeted by several council members and the city attorney on various occasions. He said that last year, he had to use to city charter to prove he could attend an audit meeting after he was asked to leave.

And Leonard says it does not stop there. He says that when it comes to city meetings, he is always the one asked to leave.

"There have been several times I've been the first at a meeting and then been asked, 'would you mind, the mayor would like to sit in on this?' And the first time I said, 'Sure I would give up my seat, and let the mayor sit in,' said Leonard. "But then when I realized it was me who was asked every time to leave the meeting, I said, 'No, not going to do that.'"

No more than three city council members can attend a meeting without it being posted first.

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