Scott Snider, Lubbock's Assistant City Manager, says comments made by Tom Martin about his involvement in the ongoing dispute between the city and its former health insurance provider are untrue.
Martin made the comments last Monday after Mayor David Miller spoke publicly about the city's suit with American Administrative Group and its owner, Ted Parker. On April 4th, a state district judge lifted a gag order imposed on the case, allowing both sides to speak openly.
Miller asked why a request for new insurance bids was taken off the table in 2005. He claims Martin, along with former mayor Marc McDougal and another councilman, told city staff to drop the request. Martin says they could not get new bids because Snider signed a new agreement without council knowledge.
"The council was prepared to re-bid the contract. As a matter of fact it was on a council agenda, if I'm not mistaken, however we found out after we were notified by the city manager, right before that council meeting that Scott Snider had executed that document, sending it to ICON Benefits, exercising the city's option to renew it for a third year," Martin said.
Snider says he never signed an extension. He says the first contract ended in December of 2004, and that a second, two year contract, lasting through December of 2006 was approved by council, including Martin.
"Mr. Martin has chosen to single me out by name with untrue statements regarding my involvement in the administration of the ICON/AAG contracts, proposed audits, and RFP's for a new service provider. I cannot help but believe that this is the beginning of future attempts to harass me with false allegations," Snider said.
Martin released the following statement Monday afternoon:
"Without the benefit of being at today's news conference, I can't comment, except to refer you to what I said last Monday."
Snyder says he will continue to defend himself to the full extent of the law.
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